Fwd: Apostlebird at North Watson Wetlands [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

To: Wayne Gregson <>, CanberraBirds <>, "David McDonald (personal)" <>
Subject: Fwd: Apostlebird at North Watson Wetlands [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
From: "Baird, Ian" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:26:47 +0000

I have heard it said that under the influence of climate change, Canberra may turn out to be ‘more like Dubbo’.

Ian Baird


From: Wayne Gregson [
Sent: Thursday, 29 September 2016 12:09 PM
To: CanberraBirds; David McDonald (personal)
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Fwd: Apostlebird at North Watson Wetlands


Interesting observation. On recent trips to Qld I have seen the first Apostlebirds closer to Canberra than ever before – between Booroowa and Cowra.  This might just be one off or could it mean their range is spreading towards the ACT?





Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:56 AM


Subject: [canberrabirds] Fwd: Apostlebird at North Watson Wetlands


For info, Tony has included two good photos.
This species is classified as a non-breeding vagrant in the ACT.

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Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2016 16:45 by Tony Nairn
- North Watson Wetlands, Australian Capital Territory
- Map:,149.15628&ll=-35.23228,149.15628
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- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted this bird on the nature strip of my neighbour's house. I first noted the shape and very long tail and wondered what it was as it didn't immediately match the birds I am used to seeing at home.  With a closer look I identified it as an Apostlebird - having seen these previously in Dubbo. It was scratching in the grass and a pile of garden mulch, then hopped across the road and continued.  About the length of a Red Wattlebird but slightly stockier and the tail is longer and a bit flared towards the end.  Mostly dark grey in colour with lighter and darker mottled appearance.  Some mid brown on the wings. Tail dark.  Narrow black mask across eyes.  Short thick dark bill."
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