Bird ID

To: "'canberrabirds'" <>
Subject: Bird ID
From: "Peter Ormay" <>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:04:17 +1100

Could I ask people responding to requests to identify birds in photos sent out to leave the photos attached to their response so that those of us who can’t remember exactly what the bird to be identified looked like don’t have to go searching for it?



From: mariko buszynski [
Sent: Friday, 31 January 2014 3:04 PM
To: canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Bird ID


I would like to make a comment on bird identification.  When I see an unusual bird in our garden I want to make sure it is the bird I think.  When I saw a female Satin Bowerbird in our garden for the first time I was 99% sure of its identification.  But in the past I made a wrong identification and surprised experienced birders. (It was not in Australia).  They never laughed at me but were simply surprised that I should see such a bird in such a place and at such a time.   I now have a field guide to Canberra birds so I would not make a wildly wrong guess but I want to have a confirmation.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) I cannot keep up with modern technology and cannot send a photo to the chatline.  I wait for monthly meetings to accost members with my blurred photo.  I sometimes forget to bring my camera to a meeting. I wish I could send it to the chatline, people are so helpful.

I also find identifying immature birds very difficult.  An immature Grey Butcherbird was not grey at all. I first thought it could be a young Kookaburra.

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