Fan-tailed cuckoo Melbourne

To: "Bill Stent" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Fan-tailed cuckoo Melbourne
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 11:39:11 +1000
On Sunday a friend and  I visited the Jacana wetland, (Glenroy, Melbourne,
Vic). A (re?-)created wetland on Moonee Ponds Creek, south of the
Metropolitan Ring Road
saw - grey Fantail, Flame Robin, Hardhead, Dusky Moorhen, E Coot, Purple
Moorhen, Pied Cormorant, Great Egret, songlark/pipit
wonderfull views, at close range, of a Bronze Cuckoo cleaning and eating a
large 'caterpillar' probably one of the MANY LARGE saw-fly larvae,  no
wonder there are so many cuckoos hanging about the wetland masses of sawfly
larvae in most Eucs.
Several calling ?Fantail Cuckoos
Aust Kestrel, B S Kite, Cisticolas, pairs of A Grebe, Black Duck, Willy
Wagtails, ?reedwarblers, galah, group yellow/or buff rump thornbill
LOTS of common froglet calling
and lots of grass caterpillars probably Anthela denticulata see
for more info.

Wendy Moore

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