Today at around 8:15am it was wet and overcast
and I was in the bus this morning, waiting at the lights
before going down Locksley sreet in the North Shore suburb of Killara
in Syney when I looked up at a telephone wire to see a bird larger than a
spotted turtle dove siting motionlessly on the wire, as I always do I
looked at it closer and I realized that this wasn't a Spotted turtle
dove so I checked for a crest just in case it was an odd looking Crested
pigeon when I noticed it wasn't a pigeon at all but a Cuckoo!
The bird itself was wet but I managed to see soft
barring on its breast and a little bit if white on the edge of the wing, it was
perched in that slumped stance that Cuckoos have and it had a fine pointed
beak,I am used to common koels but this just didn't have the stance and
shape,plus it looked more like a true cuckoo,sitting more like a large fan
I got my best look at it from underneath but I
another look as was driving off, unfortunately I was in a bus and was going to
be late so I couldn't get out and have a closer look,but I was sure it was a
I throught of all the cuckoos it could be and came
down to Pallid, Brush or Oriental Cuckoo.
Now the cuckoo I saw was alot larger than a Fan
Tailed or Brush Cuckoo it wasn't Pallid as Pallid prefer dry country so it came
down to Oriental,as the size was good and the area was ok, plus there is a
pretty large thicket of dense shrubs along the trackside these include alot
of Bamboo,lantana,privet but there is also a few ferns etc.