Dalby mystery

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cupladaze
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Dalby mystery

This bird was spotted in Dalby (200km west of Brisbane) when I was visiting my mum. You can see it's larger than the sparrows (I felt about 1.5 times) and has the appearance of a young bird. It's bill suggests to me a honeyeater but it has me beat trying to identify it. Can any of you help me out with this one.

http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj5/cupladaze/birdbath_2.jpg

cupladaze
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I'll try again. Photobucket has changed slightly since I last posted a photo here.

DenisWilson
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Hi Cupladaze.

If you zoom in on the image, several times, you can see that what appears to be the tip of the beak is actually part of a leaf, or something behind the bird's beak.
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So the beak is straight, chisel shaped, not as long and curved as it appears.
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Therefore I guess it is probably a juvenile Starling.
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Do you get flocks of Starlings around Dalby?
Cheers
Denis

cupladaze
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I think you're spot on there Denis. I felt there might be something on the tip of the beak also and yes there are starlings there. I did consider a juvenile starling but the guide I referenced showed a darker bird and was inconclusive. Since you're response I've checked other guides and I agree with you. Thanks and well done.

soakes
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Nice work DenisWilson. I would never have guessed a starling. (A bit disappointing actually, for a nice-looking bird...)

- soakes

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