Re: Derby Sewerage ponds pied honeyeater

To: "Frank O'Connor" <>, birding aus <>
Subject: Re: Derby Sewerage ponds pied honeyeater
From: Gary Wright <>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 09:51:24 +1030
Hi Frank

The ID of red chested button quail was based on flushing with chatter.  I
was standing between the overflow and the reeds and approx 7 birds landed
approx 10 yards from me.  I initially thought they were waders, but when
they flushed I saw they were pale button quail.  They didn't all go at once
but each time they flushed there was chatter.

No photo of hooded robin unfortunately, but clearly hooded robin.  With pied
honeyeater, I saw the blue around the eye and of course curved bill and
white in tail

2009/12/1 Frank O'Connor <>

> Hooded Robin would be the most unusual.  Any chance that you got a photo?
>  They do turn up around the Broome Bird Observatory, so I guess they can
> also occur there.  They are on the Cape Leveque peninsula near the tip, and
> in places off the Gibb River Road.
> Red-chested BQ used to be quite common in some parts of the Kimberley, but
> then the dry years or whatever seemed to reduce their numbers or at least
> the number of sightings.  It would be more likely than Red-backed BQ, but
> both could be possible.  Did you get a good enough look?
> At 06:54 PM 1/12/2009, you wrote:
>> Hi Frank and Birding ausers,
>> I went to the sewerage ponds this morning and  more particularly the
>> overflow and what a great birding spot this turned out to be.
>> The bird I didn't expect to see was male and female pied honeyeaters at
>> the  back of the overflow heading out towards the dry reedbeds.  I gather
>> these are significantly out of normal range.  Also perhaps unusual were 7
>> black tailed native hens which from reports have been turning up in all
>> kinds of places.
>> There was a great collection of birds at the overflow- hooded robin, white
>> winged triller, redbacked fairy wren, golden headed cisticola, red chested
>> button quail, whistling kite, torresian crow, tree martins(100's) white
>> breasted woodswallow, eastern yellow wagtail, long toed stint, sharp tailed
>> sandpiper, wood sandpiper, black fronted dotterel,blue winged kookaburra,
>> dollarbird,little friarbird, double barred finch, purple swamphen, marsh
>> sandpiper, black winged stilt, avocet, grey teal.
>> There was also a snipe sp, possibly pin tailed, based on head markings not
>> being really dark.  I had no scope with me, but the bird stayed kindly in
>> the open.
>> Unfortunately, there were also a large number of dead wallabies which were
>> highly odorous, a lot of flies and the temperature at 6.30 am was hot enough
>> to sweat standing still(it was 45 degrees in Derby yesterday).  When I
>> phoned my daughter for her birthday from there and described the situation
>> she did wonder about my definition of a good time!  Only  a birdo would
>> understand.
>> Gary
> _________________________________________________________________
> Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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