FW: Unidentified bird.

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Subject: FW: Unidentified bird.
From: Judith Hoyle <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:04:25 +0000
Hello Birding Ausers

I would be interested in your opinions of the description below.  I spoke to 
Coral this afternoon to go through details of her sighting.  She is catagoric 
that the birds she saw were not Dollarbirds which was my guess, especially 
given the call description. With the exception of a thin black border around 
the wings  the colour on the top of the wings was a uniform iridescent green 
colour similar to the speculum of the black duck in certain lights. She did not 
observe anything that resembled a 'dollar' in the wings of the birds in flight. 
 The bill was approximately an inch long (she was unable to determine the shape 
as she did not have her binoculars with her) and yellow or light orange.  She 
observed them on Wednesday 23 January, high up in the mangroves/she-oaks at 
Twin Waters on the north shore of the Maroochy River, near the spit.

The description has me stumped!  Any suggestions???

Kind regards


Subject: Re: Unidentified bird.
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:22:11 +1100

Hello Judith.
Thank you for your reply.  Yes I do have a field guide but I couldn’t 
identify these birds. 
Briefly, they were mainly a teal colour with a black boarder around the 
wings when in flight, making it look like they had a teal window in each 
wing.  The front of the throat (small bib) was a dark grey.  Size 
was  a bit bigger than a drongo and they had a shortish tail when 
sitting.  In flight the wings were sharp and pointed with an almost out of 
proportion wide span.  They had a raspy call.  The beak was yellow or 
light orange.  They were in an area of thick large mangroves and she 
I had a friend with me and she keeps asking me if I have found out about 
those beautiful teal birds.  It was the bright colour of the birds that I 
first noticed and I knew of nothing in our Slater that would match it.
That is about as much as I can remember.  Is it of any help?  

My phone numbers are 07 54453894  and 0458 57 4917 and I am happy for 
you to call any time.
Many thanks for your help.
Coral Seaborn.


From: Judith Hoyle 
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:19 PM
Subject: RE: Unidentified bird.

Hi Coral,

If you could provide a brief description and a 
phone number I can give you a ring to discuss.  Do you have a field 

Kind regards


Judith Hoyle

BirdLife Southern Queensland

Unidentified bird.
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:20:26 +1100

Dear Sir / Madam, 
I am a member of Birdlife Aust. but with only amateurish fascination with 
birds.   Last Wednesday I saw 3 birds,  all the same as each 
other, at the beach on the Sunshine Coast.  The next day as I was ready to 
set off and hopefully find them again, armed with camera and binoculars, it 
started to rain.  As you know,  the rain and wind were furious and 
have only just stopped today.
Is there someone who I can talk to over the phone who might be able to 
identify them for me.  I’m desperate to know what they are!
Kind regards,
Coral Seaborn.                                    

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