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Queensland bird enthusiast presents museum with photos of elusive night parrot
By Elise Worthington
ABC News (Online)
Date: July 4, 2013
A Queensland bird enthusiast claims to have caught the rare Australian night parrot on camera.
     The fat, ground-dwelling bird is so elusive it was once thought to be extinct, and the photos could be the first proof of a living night parrot in more than 100 years.
     But the news has ruffled some feathers in the bird-watching community because the photographer remains coy on some of the details.
     Wildlife photographer John Young says that after 17,000 hours in the field and 15 years of searching, he has captured several photos and a 17-second video of the bird in western Queensland.
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     "On the night when I finally got onto the pair it was an out-of-body experience," he said.
     "I thought, no-one has ever seen it, what's it going to look like? But I went out, I put the torch on it - it was just a mind-blowing experience."
     On Wednesday he presented his evidence to more than 100 excited bird enthusiasts at the Queensland Museum.
     Australian Birdlife Magazine editor Sean Dooley says it is an extraordinary development.
     "The night parrot is the holy grail of world bird-watching, it's probably the hardest bird in the world to see," he said.
     "If John Young's claims prove to be correct this is the world bird-watching equivalent of finding Elvis flipping burgers in an outback road house."
     The bird is thought to live in shrubbery in arid areas of central Australia. It is the nation's only nocturnal parrot.
     Ecologist Julian Reid has been chasing the parrot for 25 years and thinks he has heard it just once.
     "All I can say is that in words it's Grt-Grt or Grt-Grt Grit Grit," he said.

'Absolutely no doubt'

     Mr Young says a commercial deal with a media company means he cannot distribute the pictures.
     Bird enthusiasts who attended his presentation were not allowed to take photos, record audio or film.
     Doubt has been cast on some of Mr Young's photos in the past.
     In 2006 he was accused of manipulating a photo of the rare blue-fronted fig parrot.
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     Associate Professor Gale Spring, scientific photographic expert at RMIT, examined the photo in 2006.
     "Running just some basic analysis on it there were several highly suspicious areas. I found out later that each of those highly suspicious areas were areas that actually defined that species of parrot," he said.
     Mr Young says he made the mistake of not keeping the original images.
     "I lightened them, darkened them, did my own sort of stuff and I was criticised for it and probably rightly so," he said.
     Seven years later, Mr Young says this time he has undeniable proof of what he has seen.
     "I have digital sound, the Western Australian museum is doing the DNA," he said.

     "The feathers I've got I found at the road side - all the feathers have been matched to a bird that is perfect.
     "There's absolutely no doubt. I made mistakes before but I won't do it again."
     Mr Young will not say exactly where the photos were taken in the hope it will protect the bird from poachers.

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June 29 2013 - Is this a sighting of Australia's most elusive bird, the night parrot?
July 4 2013 - He's not dead, but rare night parrot nest stays secret
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Sean Dooley
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Julian Reid
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Gale E. Spring
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"News of the Night Parrot has certainly flushed other sightings out of the woodwork- just had a report of a pair in a Sydney backyard!"
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1883 Feb 10 -  The Night Parrot
 
1911 Oct 16 -  SEARCH FOR THE NIGHT PARROT
 
1912 May 10 - NATURE STUDY IN THE BACK COUNTRY
 
1913 Aug 16 -  MILDURA DISTRICT BIRDS: OWLS, NIGHTJARS, PODARGUS AND NIGHT PARROT
          Oct 18 -  AFTER BIRDS IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA
 
1914 Sep 07 -  BACK FROM THE MUSGRAVE RANGES: RETURN OF CAPTAIN S. A. WHITE
 
1917 Oct 19 -  H. L. WHITE ORNITHOLOGICAL COLLECTION
 
1924 May 06 - OUR DISAPPEARING BIRDS
 
1928 Feb 08 -  THE NIGHT PARROT
 
1929 Oct 01 -  Long-Lost Night Parrot
          Oct 05 -  The Night Parrot
 
1930 Jan 31 -  Pointer To Find Night Parrot 
         May 01 - Night Parrot 
          Jul 25 -   Long-lost Night Parrot:Bushman Sheds Fresh Light On Mystery
 
1931 Apr 27 -  IS THE NIGHT PARROT EXTINCT?
          Jun 20 -  Our Strangest Parrot
          Aug 08 - LONG-LOST NIGHT PARROT: ANOTHER BUSHMAN'S EXPERIENCE
          Oct 29 -  AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS. Marvelous Fauna Disappearing. Naturalists Interested.
 
1932 Feb 15 -  OUR STRANGEST PARROT
          Sep 03 -  The Last Lovers
 
1933 Feb 11 -  Is It Night Parrot? 'EXTINCT' BIRD BEING SOUGHT
          Sep 23 -  NIGHT PARROT: A BIRD OF MYSTERY
          Sep 25 -  Expedition to Interior: FAMOUS NIGHT PARROT
          Oct 10 -  "BUSMAN'S HOLIDAY!": Scientists' Strenuous Trek
 
1934 Apr 01 -  NIGHT PARROT: 'Extinct' Bird Seen in S. Australia
          Sep 05 -  Search for the Night Parrot
          Sep 26 -  Nightjar, NotNight Parrot
 
1935 Sep 21 -  RARE AND BEAUTIFUL BUSHLAND PARROTS: DOOMED TO EXTINCTION
 
1937 Jun 12 -  PROTECTION OF NIGHT PARROTS
          Oct 07 -  BIRD FOUND AGAIN: LONG THOUGHT EXTINCT
          Oct 23 -  The Night Parrot
 
1940 Apr 12 -  A RARE BIRD
          Apr 13 -  NIGHT PARROT IS A RARE BIRD
          Apr 16 -  THE NIGHT PARROT: Attempt To Secure Alive
         May 08 -  NOTED BIRD OBSERVER. Celebration of 80th Birthday.
 
1942 Jul 17 -    THE NIGHT PARROT
          Jul 24 -    The Night Parrot
 
1944  Dec 14 -  A NATURALIST'S NOTEBOOK
 
1946 Jun 11 -   Rare Bird Seen At Cymbric Vale
 
1947 Jul 19 -    THE NIGHT PARROT
 
1950 May 03 - Blue petrel raises hopes of bird experts
 
1951 Aug 24 -  John Hallstrom Visits Alice Springs: KEEN INTEREST IN BIRD LIFE IN AREA
 
1952 May 08 - Museum Party In Northern Territory
         May 13 -  Science Expedition Sends Rare Birds To Sydney
          Aug 05 -  Saw The Night Parrot
          Aug 16 -  PARROT SEARCH CLUE
          Sep 04 -  Saw the Night Parrot
          Sep 12 -  "BIRDMAN" VISITS ALICE
 
1954 Jan 21 -   Death Of Capt. S.A. White
 
1964 Apr 18 -  Odd Birds Of The North
 
1966 Oct 27 -  British anticipate big discoveries in 'Dead Heart'
 
1977 Jan 22 -   The night parrot: Little-known night parrot
 
1979 Jun 05 -   Rare parrot not extinct after all
 
Further Information:
 
2013 Jul 05 - The Night Parrot Saga Continues...
         Jul 27 - John Young and the Night Parrot
Captain Samuel Albert White
(20 December 1870 - 19 January 1954)
Ornithologist and conservationist
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