Still at JWNR

To: 'Virginia Abernathy' <>, "" <>
Subject: Still at JWNR
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:55:32 +0000

Hello Virginia  -  still keeping up with Canberra’s koels?   Jack Holland has been keeping an overall eye on the seasonal reporting, so far as the spasmodic interest in this species allows.  I hear them around Griffith/Narrabundah most days, and have seen and heard a female a few times.


Male koels can be heard at Jerra wetlands most days, but the calling locations are limited by the scarcity of suitable calling trees  -  however the main hides precinct from crake alley to the nature reserve HQ has had males and females during the past month.


The below was in the small but much-used dead tree on the west side of Jerra Creek south of the cycle path bridge and easily visible from it.


Pretty much a standard female.  A trick of the light caused a passing resemblance to the rare dove that had been reported in the area, coincidentally.




From: Virginia Abernathy [
Sent: Sunday, 4 December 2016 8:22 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Still at JWNR


Hi Geoffrey,


Where did you see this koel? Was it near your house or at a reserve?




From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: 04 December 2016 15:12
Subject: [canberrabirds] Still at JWNR


This is not a Diamond Dove -


I only mention it because that’s what I first thought the backlit bird was until it turned its head.


No chance of a mistake with a reasonable view  -  or photo


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