Baby Koel in "Observer Central"

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Subject: Baby Koel in "Observer Central"
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 10:50:22 +1100

I admit failure, Michael.  I have heard one koel, sometimes from different directions, sometimes two, calling every day of the season.  It is still going on.  On a couple of occasions I have glimpsed the more secretive female.  I have also investigated every unknown begging call  -  often a juv magpie-lark.  I have no confirmed breeding to report.  Ainslie has every justification for retaining the title ‘Koel Central’, and Lyneham ‘Koel Central West’.


Incidentally, this “XXX Central” seems to be catching on.  On the radio the other day I heard Melbourne referred to as “Tennis Central”.  I had thought this was an identifier for a geographic location, particularly a railway station.  I once spent some time in London where my rail station was “Finchley Central”.  However Martin tells me he coined “Finch Central” from a line in a Ghostbusters movie to the effect:  “Wow, looks like Ghosts Central!”.   I associate the form with Len Deighton novels of the 1960s where headquarters of intelligence agencies were referred to, perhaps authentically, perhaps not, as “London Central”, “Moscow Central” etc      


From: Michael and Janette Lenz [
Sent: Sunday, 31 January 2010 10:22 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Baby Koel in North Lyneham


A late morning walk with Janette today along Lyneham ridge and parts of the Northern Lyneham netted 2 Wedge-tailed eagles circling quite low over the area, 2 Superb Parrots and a loudly begging young  Koel in Lovett Close, fed by a pair of Red Wattlebirds.


The challenge is on for a Koel breeding record from the Belconnen area or where ever the species has been noted regularly this season. It seems, it is not too late yet; otherwise there is always the next breeding season!


Michael Lenz

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