To: Geoffrey Dabb <>, "" <>
Subject: Koels
From: Virginia Abernathy <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2016 09:56:58 +0000


There is another fledgling in your area (one we banded earlier!). It might not be far from the nest yet, as it just fledged earlier this week. The nest is off Carnegie Cresc, close to the Brockman intersection and in an oak next to the footpath that runs next to the park across the road from the Rocky Knob Park. I think its the third oak down from the intersection.

If you go there to check it out, let me know if you can see his bands. 



From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: 09 January 2016 16:22
Subject: [canberrabirds] Koels

Finally had a young bird in the back yard today, after tracing the calling to a large Dawson River Callistemon.  This is exactly 100 days since I first noted the return of the species in this area.  Although it was calling persistently, I would take it to be a ‘mover-through’, based on the length of the tail and its flying off for 2 flights of 20-30m.  Although it was calling persistently I did not see it being fed, and it had probably moved from the home territory of its foster parents.  It seemed to be in the company of a male that was giving bursts of calling – what I call the yodelling call, a kind of ‘wurroo-oodle-oo’. Perhaps of most interest was that the male (quite shy and only glimpsed in the depths of a deciduous tree) had sub-adult plumage, perhaps in final stages of post-juvenile moult.



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