Green Catbird or female Satin Bowerbird?

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Reflex
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Green Catbird or female Satin Bowerbird?

Should have given the location. Mount Glorious in SE Queensland.

Woko
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Green Catbird, Reflex.

Reflex
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Thanks Woko. I was hoping it was and I know why they are called Catbirds now. 

How is this for a couple of hours this morning, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, White-browed scrubwren, Catbird, Regent Bowerbird (I kid you not and have really crap photographs to prove it), Satin Bowerbird and when I went back to the car-park guess who is hanging upside down, dangling in front of me as I started packing up....an Eastern Spinebill!

All firsts for me and all photographed (not all that well some of them).smiley

Samford Valley Qld.

WhistlingDuck

Good find Reflex - great photo.

Im not an expert, so can only say its not a Satin BB.

pacman
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Good pics

Clearly before my next SEQ weekend I must get in touch to get a list of the good spots.

Did the Green Catbird make its usual sound? (sounds like a baby crying and once heard ever forgotten)

Peter

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Ah, Wompoo... one of Australia's most majestic birds! LJ

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It actually sounded more like a cat than a baby in my opinion which is why I said that I understood why they were called Catbirds.

You wouldn't believe what happened at the time. I heard them screeching away somewhere in the canopy above me but couldn't see them although I could tell they were close. I spent about ten minutes walking about looking up for them when all of a sudden two of them flew onto a fairly high branch in the clear.

I straight away started to focus on the birds and began to take photographs. About thirty seconds into this out of the corner of my eye a black and yellow flash flew past me and I heard it land close by. When I looked I saw my first Regents Bowerbird in the undergrowth about two metres away from me in full view! What a choice!

The Regents was in very dark undergrowth and would need flash or a very high ISO to capture it and I knew I had little time to make a decision, "Regents Bowerbird in the shade or a Catbird in full view but high up".  

I chose bowerbird as I had already taken some of the Catbirds and wound the ISO up to 3200 and started to focus on the bird but when I did I discovered I was too close and couldn't focus!!  Aaargggh!! I picked up the camera and tripod and took a couple of steps back fully expecting the bird to take off on me. It did move but was still in view and I started to take some photo's. After about half a dozen or so shots, I viewed them quickly to see how they looked and was devastated to find they were all grossly underexposed almost totally black. By now I was cursing aloud and wound the ISO up further to 10000 and started to take some more photographs as the bird disappeared into the undergrowth and out of sight.

I still have some more to process but here's one of the results.

Samford Valley Qld.

Reflex
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lorne.johnson@dow.catholic.edu.au wrote:

Ah, Wompoo... one of Australia's most majestic birds! LJ

It was fast asleep above me when I first spotted it, basically just a silhouette. I waited for better light but as soon as it clocked me it took off. Managed this one as it awoke.

Samford Valley Qld.

WhistlingDuck

Your getting some beautiful colorful birds Reflex. 

I like your regent bowerbird (!), very striking with a mysterious quality to the bird.  

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WhistlingDuck wrote:

Your getting some beautiful colorful birds Reflex. 

I like your regent honey-eater, very striking with a mysterious quality to the bird.  

You mean Regent Bowerbird.
Devster
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I'm envious of all these birds Reflex!

I don't have a decent shot of any of them & I'm yet to see a Wompoo in the wild.

Well done, even if not your best work, still nice shots.

I may have to go up there this weekend.

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