Cairns 28/8 - 30/8

To: "Sue & Phil Gregory" <>
Subject: Cairns 28/8 - 30/8
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 10:14:17 +1000
Just another clarification on the tail shape - I think the more relevant point, which I don't think I made too well was the actual spacing of the tail feathers down the length of the tail (rather than the tip) viewed from below. This looked different to me as Leadens are more closely "bunched" towards the tip and on this bird they appeared more spaced out. This gives the impression of gradual increases in feather length rather than all feathers ending close to tip. This gives the undertail a feather length pattern perhaps even cuckoo-like. Sorry if this doesn't sound too clear, but the undertail pattern was something I thought was important. Its true that moult stage could have influenced this feature, but feathers looked in good condition and reasonabley symetrical.

I'm going to be in Darwin in a couple of weeks, so i'll see if I can get some photos of BB Flycatchers for future reference.

Cheers Simon,

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