Ground Cuckoo-shrikes

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Subject: Ground Cuckoo-shrikes
From: "John Layton" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 22:44:39 +1100
Recently, someone asked where they might see Ground Cuckoo-shrikes in their "natural" environment. We've seen these birds at the Ingalbar (I think that's how you spell it) Nature Reserve, a few kilometres from Temora, on the Ariah Park Road, in November 1997, September 1999 and again in September 2006.
On the last occasion, we were accompanied by a Temora cockie (wheat farmer) who became quite excited because he mis-identified the Ground Cuckoo-shrikes as pratincoles (!). It took Simpson & Day to convince otherwise. Subsequently, Farmer Ralph swallowed (ground-swallowed ?) his pride, splashed out and bought a field guide.
Last winter, my younger teena-brat photographed a Black-breasted Buzzard perched in dead branches atop a cypress pine tree at Ingalbar. Samantha snapped it with my 35mm SLR film camera, loaded with supermarket ISO 400 print film, hand-held with 200mm primary lens from about 60 metres away. Although a bit fuzzy around the edges , it's a nice pic. In fact, it's a dead-ringer of the Black-breasted Buzzard depicted on the spine of the dust jacket of HANZAB Volume 2.
John K. Layton.
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