This may mean 2-3 Oriental Cuckoo's were at Cattai NP - 1 or 2 grey birds
(including a sub-adult bird) and a hepatic female. There were also 2 very
early Spangled Drongos at Cattai NP over the weekend.
Also would like to note that most adult summer migrants have appeared to
have left the area as I have been seeing only juvenile Dollarbirds, Sacred
kingfishers etc. in this N.P over the last few visits.
Even though I have seen alot of Cuckoo's in the N.P recently, none were
heard calling. However, Koels (both sexes) are still calling around my
place in Seven Hills were there are also many Musk lorikeets (among numerous
Rainbow lorikeets) attracted to flowering Grey Box. Any chance for early
Well done Lorne. A good Sydney tick!
From: lorne <>
Date: Monday, March 01, 1999 9:12
Subject: birding-aus oriental cuckoo hepatic
>Last friday I went to Cattai NP in Sydney and got a 'hepatic' female
>ORIENTAL CUCKOO, which was terrific.
>A BRAND NEW bird for me!!!!!!!!!!
>The bird was flighty, wary and didn't let me get close to it. It was a
>rich rufous-brown colour. Strongly barred on belly and tail. Was chased
>by Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes and Shining Bronze-cuckoos. Had a fast
>direct, hobby like flight. Silent for the four or so minutes I had
>contact with it. Later, when it was some distnace away I heard
>Dollarbird like notes, which may have been the cuckoo, as is mentioned
>in Pizzey and Knight. The illustration in Pizzey and Knight was a
>replica of the bird too.
>A rare Sysney bird and an intriguing one!!!
>On Friday eve. I got a Powerful Owl at home in Pymble!!!
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