Interesting topic Donald and I too am one that struggles with
identification but a sobering thought sustains me. Why did it take the many
ardent birders until the mid 1960s to find we had Sarus Cranes mixed in
with the Brolgas?? So what chance does the average birder have with smaller
On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 4:26 AM, Donald G. Kimball <>
> 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
> 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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.
> > Philip
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Birding-Aus On Behalf
> > Of
> > Donald G. Kimball
> > Sent: Wednesday, 17 June 2015 4:48 PM
> > To: birding-aus
> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Wondering about Aussie native birders and which
> > group
> > 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
> > 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.
> > Thanks!
> > Don Kimball
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