Koel fledgling

To: 'Alison' <>, 'Rods Gardening' <>, 'Anthony Overs' <>
Subject: Koel fledgling
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2023 23:35:31 +0000

A couple of week ago there was a young Koel here, in form of grandchild.  Actual name on birth certificate.  Long story. I explain the name to nonbirdpersons as a form of ‘Cole’, as in Koel Porter.


From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of Alison
Sent: Sunday, 26 February 2023 1:22 PM
To: 'Rods Gardening' <>; 'Anthony Overs' <>
Cc: 'Canberra Birds' <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Koel fledgling


Good news from my place in Higgins.

The younger Koel is still calling from the same tree a couple of streets away, but the older one that that has been in my backyard almost every day may have left.

However, the good news this morning in my front yard a Red Wattlebird feeding her own Wattlebird chick.




From: Canberrabirds On Behalf Of Rods Gardening
Sent: Sunday, 26 February 2023 12:38 PM
To: Anthony Overs <>
Cc: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Koel fledgling


And another one at Narrabundah Hill along the northern boundary, begging constantly and being fed by a pair of busy wattlebirds last Thursday.


Speaking of begging young, last Sunday as I walked the track alongside the Molonglo River towards Barer Hill I encountered a large number of yellow-tailed black cockatoos, some perched, some flying in and out of the pine trees, some carrying portions of pine cone. Perhaps 30 birds, could have been more, and there was, to quote the Australian Bird Guide, a lot of “continuous rasping begging calls” which I guess meant a number of them were juveniles, presumably being fed by the adult birds carrying the pine cone portions. And presumably that means they were breeding somewhere up in the Brindabella and are now dispersing around Canberra?


Another interesting sighting, a pair of wedge-tailed eagles circling high above my house in Holder.




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On 25 Feb 2023, at 5:48 pm, Anthony Overs via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

It was bound to happen I guess. The wattlebird pair that nest in the neighbour’s yard have raised a Koel, for the first time. It fledged on 9 February, and has been calling incessantly. 





cc: Jack fyi 


On 25 Feb 2023, at 5:34 pm, Terry Munro via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

The Koel that fledged on 2 Feb is still being fed here in Watson 

Terry Munro


On Sat, 25 Feb 2023 at 3:56 pm, Lyndon Howe <> wrote:

  They are still around!
A young Koel was being fed by 2 Red Wattlebirds at the back of my house, at
11 am this morning. Image taken on Mt. Rogers, Flynn.

Lyndon Howe.

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