channel billed cuckoo

Subject: channel billed cuckoo
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 09:24:46 +1000
Up until last week we have hade 4 birds chassing each other around the school 
grounds at Upper Barron s.s..On Friday last week we have hade only 2 birds 
chassing each other around.The bird that was chassing also was calling with a 
fig in it's mouth.My teacher and I would like to know why they would feed each 

My name is William Johnson and I'm 12 years old with a big intrest in birds 
e.g(last week I had seen a albino kestrel in and out of the school grounds).My 
teacher will pass on any e-mails sent to this adress. Regards William.
"Bill Jolly" <> on Mon, 19 Nov 2001 18:58:05 +1000 wrote:
> Hi Nick
> Welcome aboard!!
> I?m excited by Channel-billed Cuckoos every time I see or hear them!  Have
> you read about its habits yet?
> I?d encourage you to write the date and place you saw that marvellous bird
> alongside its picture in the bird book you bought, and then continue doing
> that as you identify new birds that you see. Your eyes (and ears) have just
> opened to a whole new world of discovery and understanding!
> Please drop a note to birding-aus from time to time to tell us how you?re
> getting on?.
> All the best
> Bill Jolly
> ?Abberton?,
> Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  Behalf Of Nick V
> Sent: Monday, 19 November 2001 5:20 PM
> To: 
> Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] channel billed cuckoo
> now i am an absoloute novice when it comes to birds. i am compelled to tell
> anyone about this bird that my wife an I gleefully observed after being
> alerted to this birds extremely loud call (i mean, got me up during a late
> afternoon nap)
> We moved into the only wooded suburb of inner Sydney, Bardwell Park last
> year and were astounded by the variety of birds in the area!
> Yesterdays sighting was one I shall never forget ( please understand my
> ignorance) This bird which initially i thought was some type of sea bird
> (but triple the size) was being harrased by a number of magpies. I took out
> a set of bino's and observed this bird noteing its large pale yellow beak
> the red around its eyes white belly,grey colouring through its feathers, as
> well as it black feet.
> Well I could not wait at 4pm on a sunday (18/11/01) I purchased a book on
> australian birds an identified it as a mature channel bill. What a sight!
> (what a call!)
> I took a photo but just missed out on video as by this time (about 15 mins
> of constant harrasment by other birds it gracefully flew east towards the
> north of Botany Bay.
> I think I've found a new interest.

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