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Australian Bush

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by David H, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    They’re just gorgeous, tiny creatures Mark! I’m glad your rescue ended up positive also. Don’t like to see them distressed but it’s so cool being that close to wildlife.
     
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  2. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    They are known, in our house, as Godzirra !
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  4. tintop

    tintop Active Member

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    some nice Australian bush down at Green Patch (as long as this guys in a good mood)

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  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Great show today from this fellow crying out. Gee he was having a big whinge!! Could you good folk identify please.
    The odd part was the bird that was feeding him. 3.JPG 2 (2).JPG 1.JPG
    No ornithologist but guessing that's not mum or dad!
    Cheers
     
  6. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    David, that is Channel Bill Cuckoo, sometimes referred to , incorrectly,as a Koel.......mongrel parents lay their eggs amongst Currawong or Magpie eggs ......Host feeds the cuckoo until the cuckoo kills it. Cycle repeated every summer round here...known as a brood parasite.
    If I was allowed to shoot anything, these would be on the top of my list....
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  7. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    So are you saying the magpie is feeding it thinking it is it's offspring cause it came out of it's nest?
     
  8. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Exactly what happens Mel.
    Many Maggie chicks die as a result of the parent trying to keep the food up to the needy/greedy cuckoo....the natural offspring slowly starve.....
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Just to clarify these are not Koels

    Koels are migratory bird

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koel
     
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  10. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your identification & education Mark. Don't think this pair had any other chicks so at least they didn't die :)but to think the ba****d will kill the birds that feed him just peeves me off. Ungrateful bugger:(:mad:. I let him know he's not welcome! Gee mother nature can be harsh.
    Are they a native bird?
    Cheers
     
  11. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    The channel bill would have thrown the eggs / hatchlings out

    Find the best and look on the ground
     
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  12. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No David, not native.......migratory, brood parasites.....
    Cheers,
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  13. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Koels to me mean summer is here

    I like them at 5:30 am
     

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