Bronze-cuckoos are well into their breeding cycle here in the Lockyer Valley,
with young already on the wing.
yesterday (1st September), I was watching two poor little Brown
Thornbills being run off their feet by the demands of a plump fully-fledged young
Cuckooa are plentiful throughout the valley, but just a few Pallid Cuckoos are
around and no Channel-bills or Koels yet – but any day now!
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Sent: Tuesday, 2 September 2003
Lawrie Conole wrote:
No bronze-cuckoos yet ........
Good reason for that - they are all
in the Capertee Valley (central NSW).
I put a posting on birding-aus a
week or more ago mentioning cuckoos in the Capertee Valley and there appetite
for hairy caterpillars.
Well, the numbers are increasing. On
one property I'm sure we saw the number of Fantailed Cuckoos and Shining
Bronze-cuckoos increase dramatically over several days. Just about
everywhere you looked there were Shining Br-cuckoos siting in wattles, on
fences, in the grass, on the ground. Many with hairy caterpillars in
bill. Obviously word is spreading that the tuckers good. How many
birds? No idea but they certainly number in the dozens. Pallid and
Horsfields also present but not in the same numbers.
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