Wotsit and Wingtip

To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, "" <>
Subject: Wotsit and Wingtip
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018 01:21:42 +0000

What a good trick, which I fell into. Embarrassing.  I could only go by the pale aspect to know they were not the same bird. And it took me a long time to struggle through it, thinking it was an odd Little Eagle, and why so pale, though Geoffrey didn’t say it was.......... Actually I should have twigged. The Little Eagle shows a wide split between feathers at the tip of 6 primaries, that are all a similar length (which gives the distinctive sort of rectangular shape to the wing), the harrier only 4.




From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Saturday, 9 June, 2018 9:28 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Wotsit and Wingtip


Veteran Wotsiters and Loch Ness students Con, Mark and Philip correctly inferred a cormorant.  In this case it was a Little Black.


Many of you will have noticed that my offered Wednesday wingtip (over cow paddocks, JWNR) belonged to a harrier, Swamp, male, pale variety. This lacked the contrasting dark tips of a Little Eagle.  It is also a more rangy bird.  To borrow, more or less, a line from the Australian carol ‘Christmas where the Gum Trees Grow’ –


Long wings the harr-ee-er has got,

Neat and chunky is what it’s not.


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