good pegging out the washing bird

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Subject: good pegging out the washing bird
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:09:02 +1000
About 10.30am at home in Jensen Street I was pegging out the washing in the back-yard and a White-bellied Cuckooshrike flew over.

I was particularly pleased to be in the right spot at the right time to see this fly over, as WBCS was an ACT bogey bird of mine (and I've hardly seen this southern ssp at all).

It flew over about ten feet above my head and I got a good look (even seeing the twinkle in its little black eye). Obviously smaller and more slender than a BFCS, this one was a nice neat bird with black on the head and face extending all the way to the mid-belly with quite a clean cut-off and a good contrast with a pale lower belly and vent (no streaking).

I followed its direction of flight and searched around Hughes Oval for half an hour or so with no success (perhaps it moved on to Curtin Horse Paddocks :-) )

John Leonard

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