To: Chris Sanderson <>, birding aus <>
Subject: kununurra
From: Gary Wright <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:45:13 +0800
Hi Chris

The first time I saw it, it was in the half light and you know how straight
away you see a bird and you know that you haven't seen it  before?  I
immediately saw the size and the white eyebrow and also that I hadn't seen
this bird previously.  The next day I saw it again and again today in same
place in good light.  I did hear it call, it was a deep explosive kind of  a
noise.  There were two of  them at times and they appear to be nesting or
courting as they would fly from the tree to the reeds. I saw one of the
birds raise the feathers on its head(I couldn't see the other  bird) on a
number of occasions  and at some of these times it had something in its
bill.  Once this something was a feather.  The only thing which made me
doubt the ID, was not being in reeds  but I see from Pizzey that both
Australian Reed Warbler and Oriental habitat is not just reeds.

This morning an Australian Reed Warbler came into the same tree and the
Oriental chased it out.  The Australian Reed Warbler was noticeably smaller
and darker colour on the back, with not such a prominent eyebrow.

No photograph I am afraid, but to my eye, the bird was easily distinguished
from Australian Reed Warbler.  I would be interested in comments from those
familiar with the species though in case I have missed something.


On 11 February 2010 17:14, Chris Sanderson <>wrote:

> Hey Gary,
> Did you hear it call, or get a photo at all?  Were you using any features
> other than size for the ID?
> Regards,
> Chris
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 7:08 PM, Gary Wright 
> <>wrote:
>> I'm in Kununurra at the moment and a couple of sightings of interest have
>> been Barn Swallows on the golf  course and Oriental Reed Warbler.  This
>> bird
>> was a much larger and paler bird than Australian Reed Warbler and was in a
>> tree next  to reeds at  boat ramp near Celebrity Tree park.  Pizzey states
>> as part of habitat as "over and near water", so I take that to mean  that
>> it
>> is not restricted to reeds?  Is that correct?
>> There were also a large number of Brush Cuckoos there calling but not the
>> "fear" call.
>> Gary
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