Where are the Fan-tailed Cuckoos?

Subject: Where are the Fan-tailed Cuckoos?
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1904 02:47:18 +1000
Lawrie wrote:

I've been out and about a bit lately, and though Pallid Cuckoos are much in
evidence, and Horsfield's and Shining Bronze-cuckoos too, I've hardly come across
a single Fan-tailed Cuckoo in central and eastern Victoria.

Anyone else having this experience, or have I gone selectively deaf?

I have a friend in audiology at Melbourne Uni - do you want a referral?

Last week all the Fan-tailed Cuckoos were at Ocean Grove Nature Reserve (3 K north of Ocean Grove, Vic). I saw several, including a big juvenile, and heard many more. There were also quite a few pallids and Shining-bronzes. The other highlights included 3 Blue-winged parrots, very vocal male Rufous Whistlers, and a Collared Sparrowhawk. For those interested here is my list. It is in the order I saw them because I'm too stingy to buy BirdInfo or WorldBirder Plus.

If someone could give me the coords I'd be grateful because my GPS batteries were flat.


Ocean Grove Nature Reserve
2nd october 2001
6:30 - 9:30 am

Blue-winged Parrot      - 3
Australian Magpie
Red Wattlebird
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Eastern Rosella
Yellow Thornbill
Grey Fantail
Australian Shelduck  - 3
Common Starling
Australian White Ibis   - 1
Rufous Whistler
Little Pied Cormorant
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Hoary-headed Grebe
Fantailed Cuckoo
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Grey Shrike-Thrush
Grey Currawong
Pallid Cuckoo
Long-billed Corella  -  2 overhead
Striated Thornbill
Grey Butcherbird
Red-browed Finch
White-browed Scrubwren
Straw-necked Ibis
Superb Fairy-Wren
Little Raven
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Collared Sparrowhawk  - prob a female
New Holland Honeyeater
Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike
Yellow-billed Spoonbill  - 1 overhead
White-plumed Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater - just 1 (I haven't seen it here before)
Common Myna  - only 2 fortunately
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

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