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Susy
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Any suggestions?

I'm wondering if someone could help me ID a beaut little greyish bird I took a photo of recently near Kennilworth in Qld. I live in Bundaberg and haven't seen them at my place but I thought it may be a Grey Shrike-thrush but the markings below the bill look a little different to what I have found in my book. I have posted a photo of this bird here http://birdwatchersonline.net/forum/showthread.php?p=541&posted=1#post541.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thankyou, Susy

DenisWilson
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Hi Susy
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Unfortunately, only "members" of that birdwatchers forum can view the image, other than at "thumbnail" size.
Can you post it on any other photo hosting site where the full image can be seen, or from where you can publish it here?
Flickr and Picassa seem to work well.
Denis

Susy
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Thanks Denis,
They posted the photo to their Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/36750411@N02/3837395937/in/set-72157621962929261/ The photo is larger here. Looking like a Grey Shrike-thrush by all accounts.

soakes
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http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3420/3837395937_d0036eca5f_o.jpg

I'm pretty sure it's not a shrike-thrush, but I have no idea what it is.

- soakes

soakes
Olinda, Victoria, Australia

Susy
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Thanks Denis and Soakes. The markings below the bill on the breast don't seem to fit a shrike-thrush. I'm told this link will now show a large version of the photo:
http://birdwatchersonline.net/forum/showthread.php?t=429

Susy
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Sorry I forgot to post the link properly - must be a blond thing :)
http://birdwatchersonline.net/forum/showthread.php?t=429

DenisWilson
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Hi Susy
I have a photo on my blog of a female Grey Shrike-thrush which clearly shows the fine striations on the chest which your bird has.
http://peonyden.blogspot.com/2007/12/wollondilly-river-gorge-from-bullio.html
The bird was hit by a previous car (to mine), but was still alive. I was able to keep it calm and then release it. Hopefully it recovered fully. But meanwhile it provided a perfect photo opportunity.
There is a photo from above as well, which shows the brown saddle (back, between wings) as well.
I sought advice from the Canberra Ornithologists Group about sexual differences (in plumage) of this species. I was told that my bird was: "Female, probably 2 year old. Immature birds have brown markings on their heads, and heavily striated chests. The striations gradually reduce, until 3 years of age, at which point, males have developed a fully white face. Males have a fully black beak, whereas females have a grey lower mandible" (as my bird did).
If you go to that link I am sure you will be fully confident of the ID. Seeing another specimen is better than just being told what it is.
Cheers
Denis

Susy
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Thankyou so much Denis. I looked at the your photo. I agree with you. Thanks for the added info you passed on. I'm now more Shrike-thrush literate thanks to you.
Best Regards, Susy.

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