Firstly I'd like to thank everyone who had an interest in this and those who
had enough interest to email me. Here are my (not so) final conclusions.
Not so much due to the overwhelming cries of "range!, range!" but a very
helpful email description of a young bird in transition to adult, I have to
conclude that what I saw was a juvenile Superb. Also, all other groups of
Supurb had a male in breeding plumage, and none of the groups I had down as
Variegated had an adult male. Thanx very much to Magaret for that one.
White-fronted Honeyeater. Again, a series of persuasive descriptions of
juvenile birds leads me to conclude that they were juvenile New Holland
Honeyeaters. There was quite a number of young birds of many species, so it
is more likely to have been a common NH and a most improbable (impossible?)
White-browed Babbler. While the bird was only 5 ft away, the obvservation
was too fleeting to argue solidly about. The option of a Bristle bird
doesn't fit either, so I flummoxed on this one.
Brown Booby. OK, I'm sticking to my guns on this one, with a rider. I need
to get down to a Gannet rookery and confirm it wasn't an immature Cape or
Australian, but having seen a Brown before I'm pretty confident.
What's that then? 1/2 out of 4?
Again, thanx to all those who helped. I had nearly as much fun working
these out as watching them at the time.
Eric Hocking "A closed mouth gathers no feet."
:: Melbourne, Australia ::