Wotsit and other matters
Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:03:27 +0000
If using your Dick Tracy wrist screen, you might have needed to enlarge these somewhat. However Philip V got nearly all.
- A good example of the underexposed wotsit. Lightening brings out an unmistakeable grey Teal, stooging around in front of the fence remains in front of Cygnus Hide.
- A ‘bird-part’ wotsit, here showing the conspicuous scapulars of a darter.
- A snap from below of a begging koel chick, the attendant wattlebird omitted.
- Another ‘bird-part’, here the colourful ventral area of a Rainbow Lorikeet.
- Yes, one from the endless variety of S Bowerbird display poses, here a young learning male, still with blackish bill.
- Female Red-rump. A closeup would show phalaris seeds adhering to the bill.
- Rather unmistakeable face of the Diamond Firetail.
- Half a hobby.
- The face of a Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, the pink skin indicating a female.
- This is an interesting class of wotsit, a clear view of a head but with no identifying marks shown. This is the kind of ambiguous snap often submitted by people wanting to know ‘what
have I photographed here?’. This time it’s a female Hooded Robin.
- Another well-known category of wotsit, perhaps the classic kind, the severely out-of-focus snap. This is a male Gang-gang plucking a sprig within an African Boxthorn bush. Does
- Swift Parrot, note characteristic tail.
- Mainly Kangaroo Paw, E Spinebill lower right.
- A sliver of Crested Pigeon.
- A flock of Little Corellas. To avoid arguments the numeral has been placed to obscure a solitary Long-billed.
- Royal Spoonbill
- Enter a Little Bittern, from right.
- Little Eagle.
- Y-r Thornbill, both identifiable ends shown.
- Weebill. Dick Tracy might have trouble seeing the cream iris.
While I have the floor, I might mention a couple of recent examples of our birds in the media. The ABC radio Off Track program at 0530 today had quite a bit about the Yellow-faced Honeyeater migration. To be repeated at 1pm Sunday, I believe.
Secondly the ‘Get it?’ puzzle in Today’s Sydney Morning Herald asks you to name a species very close to home.
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: Friday, 9 August 2019 1:33 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Another Wotsit
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