Re: Another Fault in "The Life Of Birds"

Subject: Re: Another Fault in "The Life Of Birds"
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 05:21:13 +1000
Totally agree with your comments, we all make mistakes.....Sittella is
also spelt with two 't's!  We often get it wrong after naming our house
'Sittella' (white-headed variety!) Although I didn't spot the
wing-colour, could the bird have been the southern race 'pileata' ? (I
realise they have orange panels in their wings)
The Fairy Tern is an alternate name used throughout most of the
english-speaking world.
Tom Tarrant


>  Although I have enjoyed David Attenboroughs series "The Life Of
> Birds" and really admire the footage taken, I have picked out an error
> in todays chapter "The Demands of the Egg" that could have gone
> unoticed if one did not pay attention to the background calls. The
> scene showing the white-winged form of the Varied Sitella nesting had
> a Wonga Pigeon calling in the background. The range of this form of
> the Varied Sitella is in northern Australia and does not coincide with
> the range of the Wonga Pigeon (a south-eastern bird). This often
> occurs on other documentaries. He also referred the White Noddy as a
> Fairy Tern, but perhaps it is an alternative name for the
> bird. Anyway, without being too picky, the show is excellent and
> deserves lots of praise. Nothing can be perfect. Like Lorne says, it
> has also made my Sunday afternoons. Edwin

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