Thank you everyone. In
the excitement of the moment, I forgot to report on a raven behaving just like
a chough. It was really doing a bit of gardening, turning over
sheets of bark and the like looking for worms.
I have also noticed on Farrer Ridge many trees covered in
pin-head-sized lerps. A feast
awaits the weebills.
From: Philip Veerman
Sent: Tuesday, 31 August 2010 10:51 PM
To: 'Margaret Leggoe';
Subject: Juvenile or hybrid.
The one 100831, is no
doubt an Eastern /Crimson Rosella hybrid, as you suggest. I don't know if it is
an adult or a juvenile Eastern / Crimson Rosella hybrid. Note that in the
Eastern Rosella, adults and juveniles are not very different in pattern, if the
hybrid follows that (and from what I have seen they do), then it would be hard
to age distinguish hybrids.
The other one looks to me
like a normal immature Crimson Rosella now growing adult feathers.
From: Margaret Leggoe [
Sent: Tuesday, 31 August 2010 6:38 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Juvenile or hybrid.
I attach two photographs of “crimson rosellas”
showing the back and rump. The one
dated 100828 is certainly a juvenile crimson rosella. But the one dated 100831, I am not so
sure about. Could it be an Eastern
/crimson rosella hybrid. On thing
struck me when I first saw the bird in the 100831 photo was its fire-engine
red, rather than the crimson of the crimson rosella. Also, with the yellow below, my first
thought was it was an Eastern rosella.
In order not to make this email too big, I will send another
two shots of the same two birds attached to another email showing the breast
and abdomen views.
Interested to hear other people’s views. Does anyone have a good photo of a
hybrid they would like to share with us?
PS: 100828 was
shot on Callum Brae. 100831 was
shot on Farrer Ridge.