Cuckoo kind of day!!

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Subject: Cuckoo kind of day!!
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Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 13:43:04 +1000
I realise that there was a thread recently regarding the number of cuckoo species seen in a day.  Yesterday I had my normal walk in the park behind us in Brisbane and saw Channel-billed Cuckoos and Koels (including a juvenile being fed still by a pair of magpie Larks). Also heard a Coucal calling nearby.  After breakfast we were out and about with Rita and John Squire (ex Cassowary House) and headed initially to Bribie Island to see the Laughing Gull which was happily roosting in Buckley's Hole on the high tide.  It was to the left of the birdhide.  No cuckoos here.  >From there a visit to Jill Denning's Kakadu Beach but nothing out of the ordinary despite there being a few hundred waders present, mostly B-t Godwits and Great Knots.  Only terns were a few Gull-billed and Caspian and a single Little.  From there we dropped into the Mallard Estate at North Lakes south of Caboolture where we saw Baillon's Crake.  Next stop was Apex Park at Dayboro where Trevor Ford and English guests were just about to leave (he does leave Scoopy's on occasions).  Feeding on caterpillars devouring the foliage of a White Cedar were a plethora of cuckoos.  Fan-tailed, Brush, Shining Bronze and Oriental (dark phase). We ate our Dayboro pies and headed to Samsonvale cemetery.  Trevor et al were there mulling over a somewhat scruffy looking juvenile cuckoo sitting nearby.  After consulting various field guides we decided it could only be a Pallid  which it duly confirmed by calling.  After Mr Ford left in his Ford Laser? we looked around briefly but no Painted Snipe visible and looked in the flowering trees where some possible Black Honeyeaters were seen last weekend.  None - but a few Scarlets.  Then just up a mown grass firebreak we saw a bird flying around and after scoping it up confirmed a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo.
So eight cuckoo species for the day!! ( and a couple of Coucals heard calling).  In all we saw 93 species for the day.
Roy Sonnenburg
Birding Services Brisbane
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