Dollarbird now at Booragoon Lake Perth WA

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Subject: Dollarbird now at Booragoon Lake Perth WA
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 16:58:22 +0800

The sub adult Dollarbird that was at Blue Gum Lake in Mt Pleasant Perth was last seen there about lunch time Saturday, but had left by the late afternoon. It was relocated nearby by Valerie Hemsley at Booragoon Lake in Booragoon this morning. It was along the boardwalk.

There is debate over its origins which probably will never be solved. Ron Johnstone at the WA Museum suggested it may have come across from the Eastern States (we have records of Olive-backed Oriole, Masked Lapwing, Satin Flycatcher). My feeling is 'reverse migration' where it has headed south from the Kimberley instead of going north to Indonesia. Another theory is that as it is a sub adult, it was caught in a cyclone from Indonesia in March or April, and might have been partially ship assisted.

Ron Johnstone confirms that the only other record in the south west was near Geraldton in 1981.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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