This morning, after I had showered, I was brushing my teeth and could hear a peculiar bird noise outside. I could hear the Mickey Mynahs going off so obviously something was encroaching on their space. Anyway, this peculiar noise sounded like a bird with a croaky voice because of a sore throat, you know, maybe laryngitis or something.
I crept out the door and looked to where the noise was coming from. Up in the large black wattle about 5 metres from my door was this bird. It's a channel billed cuckoo. They are very raucous birds and have very loud harsh cry. But the one in the tree was a juvenile (as on the left in this picture). It was sitting up in the tree, giving out this forlorn croak as if to say, "Muuuuum! Where are you? I'm lost!" Poor thing. It didn't help that the mynah birds were harassing it, either. What an introduction to the big wide world.
Anyway, I scanned this picture from my book "The Field Guide to Birds of Australia" by Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight. We have such a lot of birdlife where I live so it's a wonderful reference book to identify each species. Most of them I know, but just occasionally, we get something like this and it's great to be able identify what bird it is.
As a Prelude .....
6 years ago