Re: The First Koel!

To: Ian Fraser <>,
Subject: Re: The First Koel!
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 18:04:09 +1100
>Just a brief note regarding a bird with a great sense of timing and irony. I
>do a fortnightly natural history show on the local ABC, and yesterday played
>a tape of a Koel. One had been reported calling in suburban Canberra - we
>get the very occasional vagrant - and I wanted listeners to keep an ear
>open. I got one call from someone who had one in her yard, inviting me to go
>and see it. I accepted (in 17 years in the ACT, I've not seen one here), but
>it didn't co-operate.
>I arrived home an hour or so later (in central Canberra) - and it, or a
>mate, was calling in my back yard!! An adult male, with eyes bigger and
>redder than the plums in the tree in which it sat. 
>I know it's no big deal for anyone living north of here, but we were rapt.
>I'm also intrigued by the fact that it obviously listens to the ABC!

If the Koel had tuned in your radio you could then be impressed. It seems
pretty obvious it would listen to whatever was playing nearest to it or
within Koel earshot.:-)


Alan McBride
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