Fwd: Red eared Firetail at Cheynes Beach

Subject: Fwd: Red eared Firetail at Cheynes Beach
From: Patrick Scully <>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:01:16 +0800

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> From: Peter Shute <>
> Date: 27 February 2015 3:29:57 am AWST
> To: Patrick Scully <>
> Cc: "" <>
> Subject: Re: Red eared Firetail at Cheynes Beach
> You've sent this to the wrong address, Patrick. The list address is 
> Peter Shute
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>> On 27 Feb 2015, at 12:50 am, Patrick Scully <> wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> I just recently had a trip down to Cheynes Beach (20 to 24 th Feb) with 
>> Cherilyn Corker from Mandurah.
>> We had luck with just one of the 3 skulkers, the Noisy Scrub- bird. It was 
>> calling but took enormous effort to get a brief view.  The Western Whipbird 
>> was not calling at all, with exactly the same result at Mt Trio in the 
>> Stirling Ranges. We did hear one brief call of Western Bristlebird just 
>> opposite the entrance to Cheynes Beach caravan park. 
>> We did see an amazingly close view of Red eared Firetail and I suspect that 
>> Pizzey and Knight are wrong with their description of the female. We saw 
>> males with scarlet very bright (they were less than half a metre away) ear 
>> patches and what I assume to be females that were identical but with no ear 
>> patches. Is that correct? Can some knowledgeable person please explain. And 
>> is Pizzey wrong about the female?
>> We were lucky with Rock Parrot. We had dinner with Cherry's friend in Albany 
>> and she mentioned having seen an unusual bird on the beach, which of course 
>> was  a Rock Parrot. We arranged to meet her on Sunday morning and drove to 
>> the cafe in the old whaling station and sure enough we had great views of 
>> Rock Parrot on the beach below the cafe and the next beach to the right of 
>> the cafe. I did try at Lancelin for another look without success. Another 
>> treat was a very close up view of Elegant Parrots perched on low tree 
>> branches at the Stirling Range Retreat in the afternoon.
>> Best wishes,
>> Patrick Scully
>> Sent from my iPhone
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