Wondering about Aussie native birders and which group of birds were your
Philip Veerman <>
Wondering about Aussie native birders and which group of birds were your most challenging.
"Donald G. Kimball" <>
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:26:27 +0000
Philip Veerman wrote..."I know the species near
here. For what it is worth, apart from the north eastern edge of Aus,
White-naped cf Strong-billed cf White-throated Honeyeaters live in different
places." That is an excellent point and of course that is what having a
field guide at hand is all about. I also agree that when one doesnt live
in Aus the scatter gun approach to learning makes it a bit daunting but a
wonderful experience no matter what I find.
On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 2:22 AM, Philip Veerman <>
> Really the issue is about travelling more than birds. People visiting here
> tend to travel a lot and have short times in many different parts of the
> country, so not become very familiar. Sure some groups have more species
> that are similar than other groups. Honeyeaters are a fair group to include
> but others would say thornbills, fairy-wrens or seabirds or waders. Some
> even think raptors are difficult. I never have difficulty identifying
> honeyeaters but that is because I don't travel much. I know the species
> here. For what it is worth, apart from the north eastern edge of Aus,
> White-naped cf Strong-billed cf White-throated Honeyeaters live in
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus On Behalf
> Donald G. Kimball
> Sent: Wednesday, 17 June 2015 4:48 PM
> To: birding-aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Wondering about Aussie native birders and which
> of birds were your most challenging.
> As a traveler to Aus and one who just loves your country and birds I was
> recently wondering which group of birds caused the most work in learning
> among my mates on birding-aus.
> For me it has been the honeyeaters. I love this group of birds but yet I
> find there are so many of them and I am constantly studying field guides to
> brush up and enhance my skills these days to make accurate and good
> identifications when I come back. Good example is White-naped vs
> Strong-billed vs White-throated.
> What group have caused you the most work/research? Just wondering.
> Don Kimball
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