Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo

Subject: Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo
From: "Chris Baxter" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 20:48:24 +0930

Howdy All

I have seen Horsfields Bronze-Cuckoos feeding on the ground quite a number of times in the arid northern areas of SA. This has invariably been in localities of luxuriant ephemeral growth after rain. The general scenario is of one, sometimes two cuckoos feeding on the ground amongst green herbage and flowering daisies and the like with sometimes 100s of white-browed and masked woodswallows, several white-winged trillers (males and females)and numerous crimson and orange chats in association with them.

Now that I am back on Kangaroo Island, the memories of the last 11 years spent working in the N and far N of SA are truly great ones-none better than a glorious spring day in a location where recent thunderstorms have carpeted the ground with flowering ephemerals and the above birding scenario being played out in front of the fortunate observer.

Now, I must confess I am getting a little bit nostalgic. I am beginning to relive other wonderful bird visions. Forgive me for recounting just one more wonderful memory. Quite often profuse flowering eremophilas (eg: E. duttoni, E. maculata, E. glabra) provided wonderful birding experiences due to their nectar rich flowers attracting feathered "sweet tooths" that I have a particular soft spot for - that is, the magnificent pied and black honeyeaters, woodswallows and chats. What a wonderful spectacle they provide. I have approached stands of profuse flowering E.duttoni and E. maculata in the NE of SA (Plumbago, Bimbowrie and Mulyungarie Stations)only to have scores of pied honeyeaters, a few black h/eaters and hundreds of white-browed and masked woodswallows and crimson and orange chats lift up out of their foliage and flowers all the time calling noisily overhead. Just something very special.

Anyway enough of that. I really only wanted to mention the cuckoo feeding but memories of them prompted me to get a little carried away.


Chris Baxter
"Panorama Park"
Kangaroo Island

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