Probably a delusion...

To: Kate Grarock <>, Canberra birds <>
Subject: Probably a delusion...
From: David Nicholls <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 02:32:28 +0000
Heard it again last night, about 4.30am.  Still not unambiguous, and only a brief burst, one single note, overlapped by a rising note and then a single note, all in the space of 2-3 seconds.  Probably 2 birds.

Not possible to determine the direction as it wasn't repeated.  No Koels calling last night, and I couldn't persuade myself it might have been a Koel. However that doesn't prove its origin.

Dawn chorus of kookaburras and then magpies began about 15 minutes later.


On 13 Dec 2016, at 8:52 PM, Kate Grarock <> wrote:

wonderful thanks very much David, sounds good

On 13/12/2016, at 2:38 PM, David Nicholls wrote:


Thanks for that, I shall certainly keep a sharp listen-out, and try to get a direction if I hear something.

The call was sufficiently different from the usual night calls (Koels, bats, possums, dogs etc) to ask myself "what was that?"

I live in Beauchamp Street, Deakin, 50 metres down from the Red Hill reserve.

Dr David C Nicholls
Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Australian National University

On 13 Dec 2016, at 9:32 AM, Kate Grarock <> wrote:

Thanks for the report. 

May not be a delusion I had an aboriginal woman provide a similar report a year ore 2 back. I went to investigate but found nothing. 

David please keep us informed if you hear anything further. Could be very exciting if it is and the earlier report was accurate as perhaps this is one of our birds from year 1 or 2 of the release persisting outside the sanctuary. 

Dr Kate Grarock
Sanctuary Ecologist
Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
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On 13 Dec. 2016, at 06:46, Don Fletcher <> wrote:

Hi David
With full-winged BSC at Mulligans Flat, 16 km away, it seems to me this is
more likely to be what it seemed (BSC) than a related species or a delusion.
Cheers, Don Fletcher

-----Original Message-----
From: David Nicholls
Sent: Monday, 12 December 2016 8:36 PM
To: Canberra birds <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Probably a delusion...

But I heard something call briefly last night (abt 1am) in western Deakin
that reminded me quite a bit of a Bush Stone-curlew.  The call was repeated
about five times, very similar to the COG website recording at the 44 second
point.  I know the sound of the birds from Cairns.

Very likely something quite unrelated, but definitely not a possum or a bat.

File under "very improbable".


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