what is in a name?

To: "COG" <>
Subject: what is in a name?
From: "Denis Wilson" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 00:13:19 +1100
A less glamorous bird is hard to imagine, actually. Not that they are ugly, just really "plain".
I recall the very first time my father caught one (at Uriarra Crossing), we found it in a Mist Net, and had no idea of what we had caught. Honeyeater? No. Female Whistler? No - beak and head not right. No distinguishing markings at all. Very odd.
We decided to band it anyway, and let it go, at which point it flew to the river, sat in a bush and called. Recognition was immediate, and we fell around laughing, for we realised that we had never really had a close look at this common bird, which we identify so readily by its call.
So, its "plainness" is fixed in my memory for ever.
Lovely photo of its tongue, Geoffrey. One seldom sees that, except with a bird in the hand. But if any bird is going to give you that view it would be this species.
Perhaps it should be the "Garrulous Reed Warbler"?
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