Further to Mick¹s sighting of a possible morph Pied Heron: Hilary Thompson
and I first sighted such birds back in the 1980s, at Fogg Dam and Leanyer
Sewage Pond. Others also saw similar birds.
At the time Hilary and I thought they were Pied Heron/White-faced Heron
hybrids. I told Max King, then curator of vertebrates at the NT Museum of
Arts and Sciences about the bird. His only suggestion was that I shoot it
and bring it in for DNA testing, not really a solution at all for various
Then about 2000 I spotted another atypical Pied Heron at Leanyer. Apart
from being much larger than a typical PH, this bird had some
characteristics of White-necked Heron . Since then I¹ve seen a couple of
other strange birds, one of which I photographed.
I haven¹t time at the moment to dig up my scattered records (scattered
because we are still unpacking after shifting to the rural area last year),
but I have the photos at hand if anyone is interested.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 71, Darwin River,
043 8650 835
On 27/1/14 2:32 AM, "" <>
> Birdline Northern Territory
> Published sightings for the week ending 26 Jan 2014.
> Sat 25 Jan Red/Rufous Morph Pied Heron Fogg Dam wall
> 1 Individual observed and photographed wading and feeding on leeches as water
> overflows the road on the dam wall. Footage taken by Alan Marshall. [Ed note:
> Very interesting looking bird. The comment has been made that, aside from
> features such as bill, it looks surprisingly like a Reddish Egret from c.
> America / US. TD]
> Mick Jerram
> Thu 23 Jan Channel-billed Cuckoo Alice Springs
> Bird heard calling in Latz Crescent, Larapinta during the morning
> Pete Nunn
> Tue 21 Jan Grey (Red) Phalarope Leanyer/Sanderson WTP
> Lone individual Phalarope sighted and photographed! ID confirmation required
> although getting more sure of ID! Bird was very, 'weather bashed', quite
> ragged and seemed to have only 1 foot.
> Mick Jerram, Gus Daly
> Sun 19 Jan Channel-billed Cuckoo Alice Springs
> A pair of birds seen (and heard) in flight above Brown Street.
> Peter Nunn
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