Bird identification

Subject: Bird identification
From: Kate Rees <>
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:01:54 +1100
Hi everyone,

My name is Kate and I live on the coast of NSW in Manly,  I came across
your list through my local library where I work as a librarian on the
weekend, and I was very pleased to find such a list!
I've been on maternity leave after finishing my job in the CBD and have
started noticing the birds that live around the local area, both those who
seem to inhabit the region year round and the "blow-ins" that flock in at
various times throughout the year.
My question is this: I have noticed a large grey bird that often appears in
pairs, (I have also observed them flying in a group) that are being
fiercely attacked by the local magpies, noisy minors, the occasional crow
and even sea eagle. I have never seen them before, they have a large
piercing cry and seem to roost or rest in the local Norfolk pines. They
look a bit like a crane, without the long neck and legs. They also have
long fan-like tail. The reason why they interested me was because I
wondered if they could be a kind of cuckoo, or a bird that displaces the
eggs of other birds because they seem so hated. All you have to do is look
up in the sky if there is a commotion and these birds are invariably at the
centre of an attack.
Thanks for your help, I look forward to your replies.

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