birding-aus oriental cuckoo hepatic

Subject: birding-aus oriental cuckoo hepatic
From: lorne <>
Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 08:37:59 +1000

Last friday I went to Cattai NP in Sydney and got a 'hepatic' female
ORIENTAL CUCKOO, which was terrific. 

A BRAND NEW bird for me!!!!!!!!!!

The bird was flighty, wary and didn't let me get close to it. It was a
rich rufous-brown colour. Strongly barred on belly and tail. Was chased
by Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes and Shining Bronze-cuckoos. Had a fast
direct, hobby like flight. Silent for the four or so minutes I had
contact with it. Later, when it was some distnace away I heard
Dollarbird like notes, which may have been the cuckoo, as is mentioned
in Pizzey and Knight. The illustration in Pizzey and Knight was a
replica of the bird too.

A rare Sysney bird and an intriguing one!!!

On Friday eve. I got a Powerful Owl at home in Pymble!!!

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