Mystery bird LAkefield NP

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Subject: Mystery bird LAkefield NP
From: "Birding Services Brisbane" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 14:46:52 +1000
I have just returned from a trip to Iron Range NP (Cape York, Queensland) and other points north. Saw some great birds but one seen briefly has me puzzled. It was at Nifold Plains in northern Lakefield NP. It flushed as we drove along a track and landed about 10 metres ahead, in some grass just off the track. It was about pipit size. We walked slowly up to the point where it had landed and it flushed again flying about 10 metres off the track into thigh high tussocky grass. It had a prominent white rump and was light brownish colour with darker wings. Did not really see its head. It landed in the grass and then just disappeared, apparently running away. We walked over to where it had landed and could find no sign of the bird. It did not fly away. Nifold Plains are very flat a lot of termite mounds and varying grass cover. It did not look like or behave like any Australian bird I know.

Del Richards mentioned Isabelline Wheatear when I spoke to him from Cairns. Since returning home to reference material, I have looked at Isabelline Wheatear and it certainly fits the bill in terms of colour, white rump and size. Does any one know something of its behaviour?

I look forward to a response or two.


Roy Sonnenburg
Birding Services Brisbane
Ph 07 32566952 Fax 07 32567692


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