unfamiliar koel behaviour (to me anyway)

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Subject: unfamiliar koel behaviour (to me anyway)
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2021 03:44:26 +0000

After a quiet koel spring in Duffy (as reported here by others around Canberra) things have picked up a bit. Last week two males and a female were indulging in very noisy and frenetic chases in and through the yard, including one heavy collision with a window (no apparent damage to either). We went away for a few days, back now, to find two males sitting in the big paperbark out the front, unusually oblivious to us. Mostly silent, other than an occasional single call, and one brief 'wirra', facing each other only 60cm apart, one slightly higher. Alternately they flicked their wings at each other but no other movement. Of course I don't know how long they'd been doing it when we got home, but they seemed to accept after about 15 minutes that they weren't achieving much and just sat and stared at each other. An hour and a half later they're still doing so; fascinating beasts which constantly surprise me. 

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, it is our duty to furnish it well. Peter Ustinov

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