Unknown bird

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Subject: Unknown bird
From: "Tony Eales " <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 01:37:48 +0000
Hi all, I just returned from a trip to Melbourne ( and many great thanks to all 
who responded to my RFI ). On the last day I took a walk along Moonie Ponds 
near the airport and saw a bird that has so far eluded my attempts to classify 
it. It was among some dense reeds on a small pond and disappeared down into the 
reeds rather than flying out and away in the way the Superb FWs in the reeds 
did. It was small and very similar to a FW in form even down to the cocked 
tail. On the other hand it had a striped back and a short tail. Given this I 
would like to say Striated Fieldwren or perhaps Little Grassbird. Against this 
I could see no striations on the breast. Although it never held itself in such 
a way that I could view it's breast well I was actively searching for that very 
feature and I think I should have noticed some. So this made me think of a very 
plain coloured GH Cisticola but the cocked tail for me speaks against this. Not 
being at all familiar with Melbourne (or SFWs & LGBs either) and what are 
likely habitats for these species around Melbourne I can't make "balance of 
probability" argument to sort these out or even rule out a juv Southern Emu 
Wren, another species that I am entirely unfamiliar with. I won't be counting 
any conclusion as a tick but I would love to feel I have some closure. It is 
hard for me to see a bird quite well and yet still not be able to nail the ID.
Cheers Tony

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