Suburban short story (1)

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Subject: Suburban short story (1)
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:08:05 +1100

At 8am this morning I am roused by the distinctive call of a female koel.  Going out into the bright Canberra sunlight I see a female and male koel fly into a prunus shrub.  A minute or so later the female flies into a street tree (E mannifera, the aptly named ‘Brittle Gum’).  The male follows her into the tree, perching on a higher limb.  He gives soft ‘kahow’ calls and can be seen to be carrying a peeled prunus fruit, held prominently.  He descends to the female’s limb and after a quick side-step or 2 they copulate.  During this, the male keeps hold of the fruit (arrow) at one point holding it against the female, suggesting a whole new meaning for the wine-maker’s phrase ‘pressing the fruit’.


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