help with Top End grassbird and whistler?

Subject: help with Top End grassbird and whistler?
From: Janine Duffy <>
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2013 12:10:38 +1000
Hey all

I hope someone with a good knowledge of Top End birds can help!

I am struggling with two birds I saw on our September 2011 Kakadu trip.  Both at Mamukala Billabong on the long walk.  First I think is a Tawny Grassbird in a pandanus - see pics here: picasaweb  Tail seems too long for a cisticola (I know they can have longer tails at times but it still seems too long).  Legs and feet are pinkish, and beak appears to have a touch of pink as well, which I don't think a Grassbird should have.  Maybe it's just the light or the poor quality of the pic.

Second I think is a Grey Whistler, but possibly a young one, in a Coral Tree Erythrina variegata .  Picture suggests it has the white stripe on the wing edge (alula?), but seems to have a pale yellowish base of bill and some dark streaks on wing coverts. 

Unfortunately I don't have any other information, only these photos.  This was all on my second trip to the NT, and I probably missed clues like sound, size, that I would pick up now.

Thanks in advance for your help!


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