Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sydney to Brisbane 27th October

Our second day at Moonee Beach north of Coff's Harbour. An early morning foray up onto the headland produced a Tawny Grassbird and an Australian Pipit. The weather was not so wonderful - with fine misty rain on and off.

Grassbirds are usually pretty skulking, but maybe this bird was trying to dry out after the rain!

A view of the upperparts.

Australian Pipit is a recent split from Richard's Pipit. It seems a slighter, smaller bird, and the call is more reminiscent of Meadow Pipit.

In the same bush that held the Golden-headed Cisticola yesterday, a small group of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. Mannikins are in the same genus as the munias of South-east Asia. I was impressed by Chestnut-breasted - a new bird for me.

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