Juvenile Koels and Currawongs

To: Virginia Abernathy <>, canberra birds <>
Subject: Juvenile Koels and Currawongs
From: John Harris <>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 02:51:42 +0000

Hi Virginia,
In December I saw a Currawong totally destroy a wattlebird¹s nest.

On 3/02/2014 8:37 pm, "Virginia Abernathy" <>

>While out hunting for fledgeling koels this morning, I came across this
>fledgeling currawong sitting on top of a magpie-lark nest that was active
>earlier this year (see photos). He was picking at it, almost like he was
>trying to eat the material it was made out of. I took these two photos.
>Has anyone else seen anything like this before? I thought it was a bit
>Also, I found one, or both, of the koel fledgelings that have been
>reported at Chapman by Jack and Bruce. I found the first one on Angophora
>St. and I watched it for an hour. It begged constantly, but was never
>fed, although some nearby currawongs seemed to be harassing it a bit. It
>eventually flew too far for me to follow, but on my way back to my car I
>saw another fledgeling close to 62 Darwinia, also begging. Not sure if it
>was the same bird or not since two were reported in the area.

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