OK here is some from me. A whole group of BOCA members having lunch during a
christmas camp and having no idea what was making the whistle-plop noise
coming from the far side of a lake. It was of course a Musk Duck, I was
among the throng who hadn't twigged. Mistaking the call of a Dollarbird for
the call of a Brown Falcon (or was it the other way around). What about
mistakes from mimicry. About two years ago I heard a Wedge-tailed Eagle call
in my Kambah (southern Canberra) yard, when it was also a Sacred Kingfisher,
I knew it was neither, it was an Olive-backed Oriole.
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Monday, 31 May 1999 8:35
Subject: birding-aus birding mis-IDs
>Thanks to eveyone for their mis-ID ideas, I will acknowledge everyone who
>sent anything in.
>I never fell victim to the Starling/Blackbird juvenile ploy because I'd
>already fallen victim to it, aged about 14, in Britain.
>I find it quite interesting to see how bird vary over the country; it may
>a sub-species thing, or a just a clinal variation, but it is striking how
>when you arrive in a new area you have get your eye in. For example
>White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes in the NT are much smaller than the ones down
>south, and don't have so much of a contrasting white-belly (if I remember
>correctly), Brown Honyeeaters in sw WA are much bigger than ones in the
>(if I remember correctly). I lived in Brisbane from 1991-94 and completely
>failed in that time to work out Yellow-rumped and Buff-rumped Thornbill,
>this is partly because I don't remember them as being quite as common as
>they are down this way, but also, I suspect, because Buff-rumps around
>Brisbane are much brighter yellow (Brisbane birders please correct these
>statements if necessary).
>Anyway, I'll get on with it.
>John Leonard (Dr),
>PO Box 243,
>Woden, ACT 2606,
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