Identification Help Requested

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Subject: Identification Help Requested
From: Judith Hoyle <>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 08:31:14 +0000
Dear Eric,

My first impression was that this was a Blue-breasted Fairy-wren and this is 
confirmed by the call.  The call of the Variegated Fairy-wren is much courser 
and more strident.  I will see if I can attach a MP3 file with the song of each 
bird off list so you can hear the difference.

As for the Frogmouth, I am not game to say one way or the other.  I 
photographed a Frogmouth in my garden a couple of years ago that had a large 
plume and rufous plumage thinking it could be a Marbled but it was a Tawny as 
the wings showed the checkerboard markings characteristic for this species.  
Your video did not give a good view of the wings, so in the absence of this and 
no calls, I am not sure that it will be possible to definitively identify it as 
one or the other.

Kind regards


> Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 12:35:21 -0700
> From: 
> To: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Identification Help Requested
> Further to my original posting.  I have received conflicting opinions on
> two of the videos.
> I also received comments that the files were too large.  So I am posting
> smaller files of the two species in question. I think the videos are still
> of sufficient quality - I am afraid to reduce them further.  The videos are at
> (12mb)
> (7mb)
> I would appreciate any further help in identifying these birds.
> Many thanks and good birding
> Eric Tull
> Calgary Canada
> -------------------
> Feb. 3, 2009
> Hello
> We are Canadian birders.  We visited Australia for 4 months in 2007.  We
> saw a great deal of your wonderful country and many many wonderful birds!
> Brooke used her video camera to photograph as many of the birds as
> possible.  She has three videos of birds whose identity we are not certain
> of.  In each case we hoped we had seen the rarer species, but suspect her
> videos may be of the commoner species.  We would welcome identification
> help from more experienced birders.
> The videos are at
> (50mb)
> (17mb)
> (30mb)
> (I have included the size of the files - they will be slow to load unless
> you have a high speed connection.)
> You could respond to the list or to me privately.
> Many thanks and good birding
> Eric Tull and Brooke Clibbon
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