Re ‘More Pork’. In 2017 the English Names Committee recommended ‘Tasman Morepork’ for the species on Norfolk Island, because ‘Morepork’, the New Zealand name, was used on Norfolk. A species name was needed for N leucopsis, a separate species on the Australian list (WLAB), and ‘Tasmanian Boobook’ was chosen. ‘Morepork’ then comes back in because some, including the Australian Bird Guide, treat leucopsis as a subspecies of the Norfolk Island/New Zealand novaezeelandiae. At the time, Peter Menkhorst did note that N leucopsis (or N z leucopsis) did occur also in Victoria, a complication that might need attention in the future if ‘Southern Boobook’ is reconsidered.
From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Russell Woodford
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Subject: [Birding-Aus] Fwd: 40 Spotted Pardalote
Brian continues to have issues sending to the mailing list through a VPN - or maybe I need to fix something in the setting to allow it! Anyway, he asked me to pass this on to the list. Thanks to everyone who assisted him with info about Bruny Island.
Many thanks to those folk who responded to my RFI forwarded by Russell.
I’m staying in the Caravan Park at Adventure Bay and yesterday evening took a stroll around the woodland area at the NW end of the park where there are some tall White Gums. I spotted a pardalote but from below at a distance and became very excited but realising that there are other pardalotes resident here as well, I was reluctant to call it. I received the members helpful emails last evening and following Iain Blake’s supplied co-ordinates as a fixed point reference head off down Queen Elizabeth track this morning full of anticipation. As fate would have it, some distance before reaching those co-ordinates, and almost exactly where Judy Christie predicted they would be, there they were! I say ‘they’ because there were several -- many more than I thought possible. At one stage, I had three in my field and at a distance of about 4m. At the same time others were calling behind me. I stress I am not a twitcher but I think I might have given a little twitch then. And Judy, the recording of the call was extremely helpful. Fifty meters along the track I saw even more.
Then, this afternoon, I took my wife for a drive to Dennes Point and pulled off the gravel road next to a quarry as there was a large E. viminalis directly in front of us. Again, several 40 PDs in that tree!
That’s all 12 endemics for me. I just hope the More Pork is left off the Tas.endemics list for some time yet. I haven’t heard any boobooks at all but the young lady at Inala tells me they hear them ‘all the time’.
Cheers and many thanks to all those who emailed me sorry I couldn’t mention you all by name.
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