A Migrating Channel-Billed Cuckoo
This is a big and unusual bird, we think it is the Channel- billed Cuckoo all the way from
New Guinea and PNG.
It was in our backyard causing a riot amongst the regulars, such as the parrots,
currawongs, butcher birds, minors, crows, magpies, honeyeaters,
willy wagtails and cockatoos.
What is all that noise? Why are all the birds ganging up and dive bombing
that giant thing up there?
We spent quite a while watching the show.
At first we thought it was an eagle of some sort, but then we got a close up of the
large beak and red eyes.
We finally discovered it's name and why the other birds were not happy to share their tree.
This bird is a nest invader, it uses the other nests to lay eggs and then abandons them,
to be fed by the other birds (and these chicks eat heaps).
The parent comes back though when it is time to fly North for the winter.
Cuckoo day care?
The cockatoo seemed nervous also and tried a few times to scare this large Cuckoo away.
But the Cuckoo was not worried at all.
Well thanks for visiting Mrs Cuckoo.
More info about this interesting bird can be found here http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/09/01/2998461.htm