well, the best of intentions do go awry. I started on your flyingfish
identity mystery but got stuck as some features that fishos need are not
clearly visible when the fish is flying away from the camera. Plus I fly south
next week to spend time with my dad who's not 100% right now (well, he is 87),
so am slightly distracted. Will get back to these fish when I can. The easier
ones got done first.
The fish so far are (common names are FAO names):
Blackfin FF 1; Reflections; Spotfin FF; Underwing; Twisting; Black and Yellow
twist = Cheilopogon furcatus, Spotfin FF
Electric blue FF; Rear blackspot FF = Cheilopogon cyanopterus, Margined FF
Checker FF; Yellow floral FF(possibly); Yellow-wing FF1 and 2 = Cypselurus
poecilopterus, Yellow-wing FF
all the best for the New Year!
On Friday, 27 December 2013, 9:36, ""
Great to hear from you and that Xmas spread sounded great! It was my bday
yesterday so I'm doing some recovering of my own today!
Looking forward to your IDs. Fantastic images indeed.
On 26/12/2013, at 17:44, Helen Larson <> wrote:
> happy Boxing Day/boat race day! my cousin is crewing on Wild Rose, in his
>27th Sydney-Hobart race, so we become slightly boat-obsessed for a few days.
> I will copy all of Birding-aus in to the list of flying-fish names as a
>number of people seemed interested. Geoff Jones' photos are just fabulous. I
>have been trying to stay away from my fish workroom for a few days as it is
>supposed to be holiday-time, so will likely break down tomorrow and go back to
>fish. And will look at flying-fish first thing.
> Flying-fish get eaten by many things, including humans. They are very
>delicious and their wings are lovely to crunch up if they have been fried.
> Jeff and I are recovering from a surfeit of Christmas ham, prawns and
champagne; the sea is sparkling and all is well.
>Happy New Year to you
>On Sunday, 22 December 2013, 22:04, ""
>In case you end up just emailing the people who have expressed interest Helen,
>could you add my name to that list??
>I'm fascinated. At our last HBOC club night someone presented some images of
>Red-footed Boobies chasing and catching flying-fish in the
Caribbean. I can't recall if it happens around Christmas Island but one would
>Thanks and hope you are well.
>P.s. hi Richard, hope you are well too. ;-)
>On 22/12/2013, at 9:17, Richard NOWOTNY <> wrote:
>> If you do get around to identifying them all Helen I think there might be
>> quite a number of us on Birding-Aus who would be interested to know what
>> they all are. If most readers are like me they will have been both surprised
>> and dazzled by the variety and beauty of these remarkable animals.
>> I look forward to reading their names (both forms) if you are able to do it
>> for us.
>>> On 21 Dec 2013, at 1:30 pm, Helen Larson <> wrote:
>>> If you do need names (scientific and Australian standard) for them let me
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