On the first Wednesday of December at 5.45am in Sale, I was woken by the "far-carrying, slow kooeel" Pizzey & Knight coming from the Pinoke tree in our front garden. Loudly. Oh no. The next morning I received a text from a friend who lives about a kilometre away in Sale with a video attachment containing the dulcet tones of a koel apparently in their back yard. I heard it at the same time! About 4am! Well, it dodged about Sale for a few days, centred on the Botanic Gardens just over the road from our house. It then transferred it's affections to the Sale Common and hasn't been heard locally for about a fortnight now. [Exhales relaxingly].
** STOP PRESS ** Heard this morning, 29 Dec, back in Sale.
I met a birdo during the GLIBA surveys who had participated in the Victorian Twitchathon in late November. He told me that his team had heard a Koel in both Coongulla and Sale within 45 minutes of each ID. There must have been two.
Here is a photo of a Koel taken in suburban Sydney in late November. It wasn't hard to track down.
This evening, Little Corellas turned up searching for a suitable roost in the Gardens. This has happened in previous years. They can be in "immense noisy flocks" Pizzey & Knight but, fortunately, there were less than 50 ... tonight.
|Note the undertail washed yellow|
|Note the underwing washed yellow|
|Looking for nuts in the Botanic Gardens Monkey Puzzle tree|
|A corella tree|
|Settling in for the night|
Fortunately, I am looking forward to the competition between the corellas and the resident sulphur-crested cockatoos ... not!