Mystery birds on Cocos Islands

Subject: Mystery birds on Cocos Islands
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 21:18:29 +1000
Hi All,

Don Hadden, a bird-photographer currently resident on the Cocos Islands has just sent me several images of birds that could be rarities for the Australian region. I believe one may be a juvenile Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus) and another might be a Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes).
There is also a possibility that the latter could be a hybrid.

We would be grateful for any comments regarding the ID of these two birds. Images can be seen on the ABID at:""""

Tom & Marie Tarrant
Samsonvale, Qld
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