Six Koels

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Subject: Six Koels
From: jandaholland--- via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 07:03:19 +0000

If I’ve been complaining I hadn’t seen a Koel this season, at least until early this month, this afternoon I saw 6, 4 males and 2 females.  I followed up a ruckus in the small park near my home in Rivett, in previous years a favoured spot, and first found 2 males within a metre of each other in a large gum, quite active towards each other including whoaing.  I thought they were also making the kek kek female call but then found her a few metres away.  I then followed up another set of calling about 50 m away in a silky oak to where I had seen a male fly on arrival, and found 2 males very close together (<1 m) facing each other, relatively immobile except for when calling.  One was in very exaggerated frozen forward leaning position with tail up, wings down, while the other in a normal position appeared to be a young male with still some light patches.  Again I thought they may have been giving the female call before a I found one a few metres away.  From the calling I couldn’t rule out other birds nearby, and about 20 minutes later one was still ko-eling very loudly closer to our house. 


I’m just starting to find the second brood of RWB fledglings around, so you might expect a Koel fledgling fed by them near you soon.  Jack Holland


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