Bird for ID please

To: "'Peter Ramshaw'" <>, <>
Subject: Bird for ID please
From: "Margaret Leggoe" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:21:21 +1000
Thank you everyone.  Well, whatever it is/was, perhaps someone else will get
a shot at it one day.  Thank you all for the interest you have shown and the
hints you have given me.

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Ramshaw  
Sent: Wednesday, 9 April 2014 7:31 AM
To: Margaret Leggoe
Subject: Bird for ID please

Hi Margaret

What about a Bassian Thrush? Perhaps not quite a typical pose when on a
branch, but colours and shape look roughly similar.



On 8/04/2014 5:53 PM, Margaret Leggoe wrote:
> And which of the apparent bands across the throat are out of focus twigs?
> At the time I thought it was a starling because it was, to my 
> reckoning, about that size. Crimson parrots had been in the same tree 
> and were a lot bigger.
> *From:*Geoffrey Dabb 
> *Sent:* Tuesday, 8 April 2014 2:22 PM
> *To:* 
> *Subject:* FW: [canberrabirds] Bird for ID please
> Well, Margaret has come up with an interesting one this time. I 
> understand that the forwarded image, reproduced below, is all we have.
> The question is: which of the apparent elements are significant, and 
> which are illusory or misleading. The colour of the back (red arrow) 
> and head is curious - it is a kind of toffee colour that does not 
> match anything, except perhaps a juvenile koel. The shape of the bill 
> is not distinct - it might be short and curved, provided it is not 
> part-obscured by that twig. An important question is whether the 
> blackish blotches (blue arrows) are part of the plumage or caused by 
> some shadowing effect, and whether the background speckling (white
> arrow) is also accurately represented. Attaching weight to a short 
> curved bill, a bowerbird seems more likely. It is possible the black 
> could be the emergence of male adult plumage as the distribution would 
> fit (inset A - a year 6 bird) - and also the pale bill. The black does 
> not have the pattern of a juv starling (inset B) and the bill does not 
> match. Neither the black nor the bill fits an oriole. On the other 
> hand, the thin neck and small head do not fit a bowerbird, and nor 
> does the absence of any green tones. On general colour alone a juv 
> starling could be a contender, but that bill (shape and colour) would 
> need to be discounted.
> *From:*Margaret Leggoe 
> *Sent:* Tuesday, 8 April 2014 10:04 AM
> *To:* 
> <>
> *Subject:* [canberrabirds] Bird for ID please
> Dear folk,
> At first I thought this distant bird was a starling, and took little 
> notice, but then it looked somehow different. Autofocus could not cope 
> with all the leaves around, and as I reached for the manual focus 
> switch it flew off. Ah well, such is the lot of bird photographers.
> Is it a juvenile starling? The striations/speckles seem too definite a 
> pattern for a starling to me.
> Callum Brae, 1^st April 2014.
> Many thanks
> Margaret Leggoe

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