birding-aus Channel-billed Cuckoo, Ben

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Subject: birding-aus Channel-billed Cuckoo, Ben
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 99 14:07:26 +0930
Hullo All
Out at Mary River last weekend we came across two adult Channel-billed 
Cuckoos feeding in a banyan.  It's the first time I've come across the 
bird at this time of year and I'm wondering whether some overwinter in 
Australia.  A flock of Rainbow Lorikeets inhabiting the same tree weren't 
too chuffed about their arrival!

Incidentally talking about cuckoos Little-bronze Cuckoos are still 
calling in my yard and two males were recently chasing a female around in 
circles.  They seem to be present in greater numbers this year.   I don't 
mind - I think they're great although there's a few gerygones and 
honeyeaters who wouldn't agree!  

Lat night out at the sewage ponds nothing special to report - Mangrove 
Gerygone singing vigorously, plenty of Red-headed Honeyeaters, lots of 
Grey Teal - as I was with non-birders I didn't feel I could do more than 
have a quick scan.
Next thing a police car turned up and an officer demanded to know if I 
had permission to be there.  Martin the caretaker suggested I should have 
asked them whether they had permission!  

Those who have visited Darwin sewage pond might know of Ben, the 3 metre 
crocodile who inhabited same ponds for years.  Almost all the sewage pond 
workers liked having him around; Martin even used to stroke his tail when 
the crocodile was sunning on the causeway.  However it couldn't last and 
someone complained and  Ben was then removed to a crocodile farm. Martin 
tells me the workers were so upset they complained to their union who 
assuming that Ben was a fellow worker began action on his behalf! 

Denise Goodfellow 
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