To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Blooper
From: Sue & Phil Gregory <>
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2007 23:33:02 +1000
Hi folks,
Some great ones listed so far, liked Russell's owl particularly.
I had a classic with a tour group up in PNG, when I spied a far distant Black Sicklebill (largest of the Birds of Paradise and pretty rare in accessible areas as they get shot for their tail plumes) atop a snag on distant ridge, like they usually are. We scoped the thing for some minutes and everyone was very happy, then as I looked again it took off and turned into a Papuan Mountain Pigeon that had been sat with two sticks right behind it, exactly like distant Black Sicklebill tail feathers......... Oooer, credibilty nose dive and some of the folks were not smiling at losing a megatick. Happily however Orni was looking out for me because not 2 minutes later I scanned a ridge behind us and found a real Black Sicklebill!
Phil Gregory


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