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2.3.14

IS THIS CATBIRD AN OXYMORON OR JUST A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS?

 
The green catbird is one of Australia's songbirds but, to my ears, not a very good one; well, I don't like their sound shall we say.  Their call is supposed to sound like a cat, but it's like no cat I've ever heard.  Here he is singing his head off.
I'd heard their raucous call around the place many times but could never get a clear enough view to  see what they looked like so I could look them up in my bird book. They always managed to be in thick bushes or in a tree I couldn't see. However, the other day when I heard the call and rushed out with my new camera, I spotted them high up in a neighbour's pine tree. 
I couldn't find any info to allow me to differentiate between male and female but perhaps I was too far away to see any subtle differences anyway.  These two eventually flew off to a tree where I couldn't photograph them, of course. They're very pretty.

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    1. Thanks George, I was very chuffed to get them. New camera helps, the old one wouldn't have reached as far so clearly.

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  2. Clever you to catch them in the act finally Sandy! Fab shots indeed! ♥

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    1. Yes, was very excited when I saw them on the computer. Thank you.

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  3. The new camera takes great photos Sandy! The colours are magnificent.

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    1. Very happy with it, thanks Liana.

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  4. Well it looks as much like a cat as a catfish. Great photos.

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    1. Thank you and good point Badger but at least the cat fish has whiskers. The bird's call does not sound at all feline (unless perhaps said feline was being straggled at the time). Thanks for visiting again.

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