A report of a Tawny Grassbird has just been reported to Birline Victoria, see
at Macleod Morass near Bairnsdale. See
Details are: single bird seen foraging along edge of rank vegetation by pond.
Superficially similar to the locally common Little Grassbird, but distinctly
larger, with comparatively longer, graduated tail, held cocked for much of time
at about 45 degrees. Rich rufous crown and pale eyebrow distinctive; grey-brown
upper with darker streaking on mantle, underside pale buffy-white, unmarked. It
was seen by an a East Gippsland Bird Observer Club outing and reported by Chris
Healey, with photo by Ken Sherring.
If confirmed this will be the first record for Victoria. The nearest verified
records are from Gerroa and Kiama, both just north of Nowra (NSW), although
there is an unconfirmed record from Kioloa Beach north of Batemans Bay (NSW).
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