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Mystery bird call

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:22 pm
by Nick Allen
I identified the bird making these sounds as Aus Little Grebe, though wasn't able to see the bird moving its beak (I was observing and recording from a reasonable distance). Comparing it with other recordings online it doesn't really fit.

The recording was made in Nov 2011 at Ormiston Road pond above Waipu where Aus Little Grebes are present, along with wildfowl, crakes (no doubt), NZ Dabchick, and farm birds that I'm not 100% familiar with like Myna and Brown Quail.

Any ideas please?

prob grebe Waipu.mp3 [ 143.63 KiB | Viewed 1788 times ]


Re: Mystery bird call

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 11:38 am
by philbattley
Hi Nick,
Just saw this thread and have to say that the call is not familiar to me!
Phil

Re: Mystery bird call

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:29 am
by David Riddell
No idea about the bird, but fairly sure the frog is a southern bell frog (Litoria raniformis), which in my experience is much less common in the northern part of the country than the green and gold bell frog (L. aurea) these days.

Re: Mystery bird call

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:45 pm
by Neil Fitzgerald
I just came across this thread and the call is certainly a new one to me. I had a look on nzbirdsonline and there is one there that sounds very similar:
http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species ... ttle-grebe
Exactly the same even! So it is the "whinny call" of an adult Australasian little grebe:)

Re: Mystery bird call

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:32 am
by Olwen
Well that doesn't get the situation any further ahead!

Re: Mystery bird call

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:27 am
by Neil Fitzgerald
No? Why?

Re: Mystery bird call

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:52 am
by Olwen
Wasn't it the same recording he's talking about?

Re: Mystery bird call

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:35 pm
by Neil Fitzgerald
Yes, and it's titled "whinny call of an adult Australasian little grebe", so I take it the experts are confident enough of that ID to put it on NZBO. I was really just posting above to note that the mystery has apparently been solved.