Hummingbird in Sydney?

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Subject: Hummingbird in Sydney?
From: "Stephen Gross" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 18:48:34 +1100
On the weekend I was down in Sydney with my brother and sister-in-law at Prestons, western Sydney.
On Thursday evening my sister-in-law saw a tiny honeyeater-type bird feeding in her backyard on her agapanthus. She showed me some video footage she shot which is very blurry with the animal constantly moving and I had difficulty trying to ID it as a bird or an insect. When pausing the animal certainly looks like a bird (very blurry unfortunately) and my sister-in-law said she identified it as a bird and watched it from about a metre away for about fifteen minutes.
The identification is of a tiny green bird with a bright orange lower half of the body. The orange has black markings on it. The bird has a very long curved black beak. The only possible ID I could come up with was a hummingbird, it certainly didn't look like any Australian honeyeater.
I have the video tape and am planning to put it onto my computer and see if I can get a clearer view. Would anyone have an idea of the hummingbird species this would be, if it is a hummingbird? or an alternate possibility. I'll let people know how capturing the video footage to computer works out.
Steve Gross
Orange NSW
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