20 March 2014

Eastern Koel


This' the juvenile Eastern Koel, high up in a Bottlebrush (Callistemon), chirping incessantly, today. 


Little Wattlebird is its foster-parent, and still tirelessly feeding on demand.

By all accounts, it is during this month, that the Koels (cuckoo family), start winging their way towards New Guinea.  Some may remain in Nthn. Qld.

Sometime soon perhaps, I will notice a quietness, and no more Koel chirping.


Just a short video so you can experience the sound of the Koel too.  You may just spot it near the middle at first, but you will see more, the Little Wattlebird shuffling in through the Bottlebrush, to the Koel.

Unfortunately there are some strange sounds near the beginning, they're coming from workers drilling a colourbond roof onto a new house in construction down the road - amazing how sound travels and picks up so clearly at this end.

You will also hear a rather loud bird sound towards the end, it is the Grey Butcherbird.  He will have a post of his own sometime soon.

16 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos, Carole! I enjoyed the video as well. You sure have a lot of interesting and beautiful birds there! I'm quite glad I found your blog!

Carol Mattingly said...

OMG! What a fantastic bird and boy is boisterous. Thanks for sharing Carole. Love it.

Phil Slade said...

It's so intruiging how the cuckoo family of birds developed so to rely upon others to look after their eggs and chicks. It obviously works in this case, the koel doesn't look to long out of the nest.

TexWisGirl said...

they're BOTH loud! :) such a squawker!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

they sort of sound like they are screaming. like a gorilla or other animal. neat tunes. i love the video. very calm day is sounds like.... i love the ending where they all start singing. neat!! ( :

Karen said...

What a good foster mom! Love the Bottlebrush tree.

Bob Bushell said...

Little Wattlebird is my favourite, searching out the tree, superb.

eileeninmd said...

I think their sounds are cute! They are both pretty birds. Have a happy weekend!

Nita Oliveira said...

Gostei de passar por aqui e fiquei.
Beijo.
Nita

DeniseinVA said...

Delightful Carole, such a pretty bird.

Jan Castle said...

TFS Carole....great sounds coming from your lovely bottlebrush tree!
Jan

Brian King said...

The Koel looks as big as the foster parent!

Ida said...

Had to check this post out too. Loved the video and hearing the sounds of the different birds. I also think the Bottlebrush bush is so pretty.

Jeanne said...

Love how so many birds seem to really enjoy being in bushes like this. Love your audio/ video and the sweet song of this bird!

Susan said...

Hi Carole, I'm so enjoying your photos, thought it about time I left a comment!
Isn't that little Koel full of chat. We live in East Gippsland and quite enjoyed the company of a Little Wattlebird, it had a fairly solitary life and would catch up with us each morning and watch us while we drank our coffee on the verandah.
Cheerio for now :D)

Liz said...

That's quite a racket he's making!
I love your first image.