Zosterop Op

To: "'Geoffrey Dabb'" <>, <>
Subject: Zosterop Op
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:51:58 +1000
Yes and good to make the comparison. If they were to be considered as different species (hopefully not) and counted separately in the GBS, the numbers would likely drop drastically, as it would (in most cases) be so difficult to ensure that the correct one is being identified and counted, so they likely wouldn't be recorded.
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From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Sunday, 12 August 2012 4:28 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Zosterop Op

Plenty of silvereyes about so time for the subspecies conversation.  Dozens (probably 100s altogether) streaming through the backyard over the last few days, pausing at the scungy impoundment known as a ‘water feature’ in real-estatese.  Below not great examples of the photographer’s art but are today’s snaps of what I take to be examples of both westernensis and the Tasmania-bound lateralis  (two birds on right).  If I have them correctly they are moving through in mixed flocks, with a preponderance of the former.  Anyone interested in exploring the somewhat elusive differences will find these discussed in various places including the archive of this chatline.  


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