Fw: [eBird Alert] Australian Capital Territory Rare Bird Alert <daily>

To: Ryu Callaway <>
Subject: Fw: [eBird Alert] Australian Capital Territory Rare Bird Alert <daily>
From: David Rees <>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:35:22 +0000
It might help folk looking , here is a film of mine of several Tawny Grassbirds. Filmed in Newcastle, NSW. 


On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 4:52 PM, Ryu Callaway <> wrote:
FYI. Something to keep an eye (or ear) out for if you are out that way.

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Subject: [eBird Alert] Australian Capital Territory Rare Bird Alert <daily>

*** Species Summary:

- Tawny Grassbird (1 report)

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Tawny Grassbird (Megalurus timoriensis) (1)
- Reported Dec 29, 2016 07:00 by Kim  Larmour
- Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory
- Map:,149.1615&ll=-35.31596,149.1615
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- Comments: "I heard fragments of the first raspy part of its call on and off in the dry tussocky gassy area between Kelly Swamp and the boardwalk by Jerra Creek and thought it sounded like a TG, but dismissed this as my audible error. I heard then the full call, usually made in flight, with the repeated raspy chirp followed by the long more melodic falling away trill. Certain now that it was a TG I waited and saw the bird feeding on Dock seed heads in the strip of green vegetation about 40 metres from the boardwalk. Much larger than a Reed Warbler or Little Grassbird with a longer tail and rusty coloured crown. Obligingly it flew up, giving its distinctive rasp and trill call, holding its tail and wings in a somewhat drooping manner. Flew only about 2 metres above the vegetation before dropping back down and finishing the call back in the grass."


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