To: Chris Sanderson <>, birding aus <>
Subject: kununurra
From: Gary Wright <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:25:12 +0800
Alas Chris, I am returning to Broome 8 am tomorrow.  After I saw this bird I
looked up Frank O'Connors website in an attempt to track down Little
 Bittern(in which attempt I failed!) and noted that he reports Oriental Reed
Warbler from this same site.  Interested in any other info.


On 12 February 2010 17:16, Chris Sanderson <>wrote:

> Thanks Gary,
> Obviously this is a tricky bird to ID for certain.  Call is a big help, and
> assuming you are familiar with Aus Reed Warbler that's a very good start.
> I'll put it up as a possible on bird-o, hopefully we can get someone to get
> a few shots, since it seems you have a reliable pair going.  You should take
> more notes on the bird, maybe contact Mike Carter to ask about what features
> you should record?
> Regards,
> Chris
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 6:45 PM, Gary Wright 
> <>wrote:
>> 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.
>> Gary
>> 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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