Wotsit and other matters

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Subject: Wotsit and other matters
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: 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.




  1. 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 standing next to a body of water

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  1. A ‘bird-part’ wotsit, here showing the conspicuous scapulars of a darter.
  2. A snap from below of a begging koel chick, the attendant wattlebird omitted.
  3. Another ‘bird-part’, here the colourful ventral area of a Rainbow Lorikeet.
  4. Yes, one from the endless variety of S Bowerbird display poses, here a young learning male, still with blackish bill.
  5. Female Red-rump. A closeup would show phalaris seeds adhering to the bill.
  6. Rather unmistakeable face of the Diamond Firetail.
  7. Half a hobby.
  8. The face of a Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, the pink skin indicating a female.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 enlargement help?


A blurry photo of a tree

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  1. Swift Parrot, note characteristic tail.
  2. Mainly Kangaroo Paw, E Spinebill lower right.
  3. A sliver of Crested Pigeon.
  4. A flock of Little Corellas.  To avoid arguments the numeral has been placed to obscure a solitary Long-billed.
  5. Royal Spoonbill
  6. Enter a Little Bittern, from right.
  7. Little Eagle.
  8. Y-r Thornbill, both identifiable ends shown.
  9. 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.


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Sent: Friday, 9 August 2019 1:33 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Another Wotsit


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