CORRECTION: Trip report - Tasmania

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Subject: CORRECTION: Trip report - Tasmania
From: "Marlene Lyell" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007 13:59:33 +1100
Hi All,


    After forwarding a photo to John Tongue of the pardalote sighted in
Seven Mile Beach, which I was convinced was a Forty-spotted, John contacted
other local birders and, unfortunately, I have not expanded the range of the
Forty-spotted Pardalote. The bird photographed is a juvenile Spotted

Below I have included an email from local specialist Bill Wakefield, clearly
explaining the different diagnostic features of the 40-spot and the juvenile
spotted.  Excellent summary by Bill. 

The only query, in my mind at the time, as to whether or not it was a
40-spot, was the superciliary eye stripe.  

If anyone would like to see the photo in question, which is not very good
but identifiable, please contact me directly. 



Bill Wakefield's reply:

 Regrettably the shot is definitely of a juvenile spotted Pardalote. There
is no yellow cheek patch.

The superciliary eye stripe is quite pronounced compared to the very faint
pale mark on a Forty-Spot.

The Crown shows faint spotting typical of a juv. Spotted.

The darker outer borders of the feathers on the mantle with the pale edgings
are also typical of Spotted.

The rump which is just visible also shows a suggestion of orange-red which
one sees in Spotteds.


I'd like to thank John and Bill for their constructive help.  This is
birding-aus at its best.


Happy birding all 





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