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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:48 am 
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Hi Johan

This bird is a female Diederik Cuckoo.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Thanks for the reply Niall.


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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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This thread has become one of the most comprehensive species accounts in the forum's species collection. Lo and behold, there is yet more to come!

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The female Diderick cuckoo, after depositing her own egg, removes the egg of the host from the nest she just used. She usually flies some distance away from the nest before consuming the prize.

I watched this bird for a good 15 minutes as she maneuvered the egg this way and that way until a crack developed, then a hole through which she could extract the runny insides. This could have been the egg of any number of species that nest in the reeds or willows close by, but most probably it was that of a southern red bishop or southern masked weaver.

She's having a poached egg... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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Amazing info JvR and a brilliant pic :clap:

I have learnt something, thank you!

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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My goodness, Johan! :lol: :lol:
Great photo! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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I photographed these ones in my garden this morning.

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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Mahonie Loop in December 2010.

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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Took this at Lower Sabie KNP in Feb 2011

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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Lower Sabie, Nov 2011:

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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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 Post subject: Re: Cuckoo: Diderick Cuckoo
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Lovely photos Leeukos :thumbs_up:

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