This my last post for the year as we approach Christmas and the New Year, and it all occurred recently one afternoon and was filmed from my front yard up into a huge eucalypt tree several hundred meters down the street. Every Spring the Channel-billed Cuckoo arrive here to lay their eggs and plant them in the nests of unsuspecting native Australian birds to be raised by surrogate parents. The Eastern Koel is another cuckoo which does likewise. They usually target our larger black birds such as the Currawong, Magpie and Raven but they have been known to even do it to a tiny Fairy-wren. Below is a photo of a Pied Currawong raising a juvenile Channel-billed Cuckoo. Currawongs are the cuckoos easiest choice, as they are more likely to leave their next unattended and tend to be more loners, as their social structure is not as complex and community minded as that of the more intelligent Magpie and Raven. This juvenile is ready to fly away with its father which has come to collect it, and is waiting in a tree nearby, watching.
This is what a young juvenile looks like as it awaits feeding. Notice it has brown and rufous plumage and does not yet have the bright red eye.
Here is a flight shot of a mature adult.
We know Christmas is coming when we hear the raucous call of these birds each day as they are chased by all manner of birds, especially Magpies and Noisy Miners, which are wise to their game. The former to prevent them approaching the nest to drop its egg in, and the latter who see them as a threat to their babies safety, as they will eat baby birds, though native fruit is their main food. These birds have the nickname The Rainbird as it marks the beginning of the wet season when you hear their call. In early Autumn they make their way back northward to New Guinea and Indonesia with their young in tow, to enjoy the warmer winter.
Now back to my photo series which I shot as a coalition of Noisy Miners attacked this adult pair of Channel-billed Cuckoo that have made our local area their territory, having tried many times to plant their eggs. See how the Miners continue attacking, till they eventually fly off to another area. It was very windy and smoky and white skied when these were taken, thus impairing quality.
That is all I have this week as I have just been called today to go into hospital tomorrow for a cardiac ablation, which was unexpected, and suddenly slotted into tomorrow. I will be out of action for a few days, and wont know any details till afterwards. Please pray my dear friends for a good outcome, and for the surgeon. I trust the Lord will be with me throughout the event, and his angels will watch over me.
Praying you all have a wonderful, enjoyable Christmas and New Year! Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season, and that it was God’s great love for us that caused him to come to earth as a man.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
The Son of God became the Son of Man so that the Son’s of Men might become Son’s of God.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12
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