Hoopoe at Broome

To: "'John Harris'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>, "'David James'" <>
Subject: Hoopoe at Broome
From: "Tony Russel" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 09:59:44 +1030
Gotta be an illegal , tell Julia.




From: John Harris  
Sent: Friday, 11 November 2011 11:46 AM
To: Tony Russel; 'Birding-aus'; 'David James'
Subject: Hoopoe at Broome


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 James
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 aren't
that territorial, but you never know. 

Hoopoe is a long distant migrant that reaches the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra
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 migrating
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 been
many boats stopped near Broome lately, anyway. There is no evidence at this
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 have
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 looking
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 wonder
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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