Horsfield's Bushlark

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rawshorty
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Horsfield's Bushlark

That is my guess for this bird, am i right?

Taken near Port Macquarie this morning.

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Owl of Kedumba
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The bill looks a bit long I think. Horsfield's Bushlark looks to have more markings in the head area.

zosterops
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looks more like a grassbird or cisticola... 

Owl of Kedumba
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Actually it could be a Golden-headed Cisticola..... doesn't look very golden though... I assume this is the only shot of the bird?

Woko
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What sort of habitat was it in, shorty?

rawshorty
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Bird was bigger than a Cisticola, Grassbird is possible with size, the way it held it's tail up reminded me of a Songlark and yes only one picsad

Habitat i would descibe as coastal heath, small hills on three sides with a shallow valley leading to the beach. No fresh water in the area but a closed off tidal lake about 6 km away.

I was in the same spot for 2 1/2 hours photographing Southern emu Wrens and never heard a call of a Grassbird or Cisticola.

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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Woko
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If there's no nearby fresh water it's unlikely to be Cisticola or Grassbird. Yellow on the bill indicates a juvenile. 

rawshorty
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Woko wrote:

If there's no nearby fresh water it's unlikely to be Cisticola or Grassbird. Yellow on the bill indicates a juvenile. 

My thoughts as well

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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SteveM
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In my opinion it's a young Tawny Grassbird.

Not Bushlark, they have a short stubby sparrow-like bill.

It's a difficult angle, but the bill looks too substantial for a Cisticola or Little Grassbird & I assume wrong habitat for Little Grassbird.

Also I think the strong rufous fringing on those wing feathers points towards Tawny Grassbird.

pacman
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I suggest Tawny Grassbird - indicators are rufous on head, tawny straked back, long brown tail and that stance

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