Saturday, September 3, 2011

Keeping an eye out for cuckoos


Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus), one of several active and noisy in Tyto today.


Caught this bird with snack just before it was driven off by honeyeaters (cuckoos have few friends!).


But Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus) has lately been more concerned with breeding than fending off parasitic cuckoos.


And Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus) intent  the other day only on gathering nectar.


However, Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) today carrying nest material should be wary. Cuckoos rather keen on popping their eggs into wren nests.   
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1 comment:

wildwings said...

My favourite from this selection is the 'Brush Cuckoo with snack' - lighting, composition, focus - AAA
rating!!