Hoopoe at Broome

To: "Tony Russel" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>, "'David James'" <>
Subject: Hoopoe at Broome
From: "John Harris" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:16:09 +1100
Is it seeking refuge status???

Yours in all things "green"


John Harris
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>>> "Tony Russel" <> 11/11/2011 12:05 AM >>>
Dammit, have to get the bike out again !


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of David
Sent: Thursday, 10 November 2011 4:35 PM
To: 'Birding-aus'
Subject: Hoopoe at Broome

What a brilliant record. I'll be surprised if it hangs around, they
that territorial, but you never know. 

Hoopoe is a long distant migrant that reaches the Malay Peninsula,
and Borneo as a vagrant (subspecies saturatus I believe). It also
winters on
islands like the Maldives and Adamans, so it is not averse to
across water. It is not kept in cages in Java, where many of the boats
originate (though it might be in Sri Lanka). I don't think there have
many boats stopped near Broome lately, anyway. There is no evidence at
stage that it had to arrive by boat, and I would think naturally
vagrancy is
much more likely in this case.  It is the migration season after all,
and it
seems no less likely than many of the other astounding rarities that
shown up in Broome in the last decade or two. 

David James, 


From: Philip Veerman <>
To: 'Birding-aus' <>
Sent: Thursday, 10 November 2011 4:32 PM
Subject: Hoopoe at Broome

I have only been out of Australia once, to China 2 years ago and I saw
two of these in two very distant places. Quite an amazing funny
bird. My father lived in Israel and had these as garden birds. Hard to
imagine it flying here from Asia or east Africa or Madagascar. I
whether Asian or middle eastern people keep them as pets (or even eat
them) but this is surely assisted as a boat arrival.

Do customs or coast guard ever find fauna among the possessions of the
boats that Tony wants to stop? 


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Gemfyre
Sent: Thursday, 10 November 2011 4:07 PM
To: Jeff Davies; Birding-aus
Subject: Hoopoe at Broome

Okay I'll bite.  How the heck did a Hoopoe come to be at Roebuck

Stirling W.A.

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