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Cuckoo: Common

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Neil Crawford
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Cuckoo: Common

Unread post by Neil Crawford » Wed May 21, 2008 12:35 pm

Heres a bird I'd like help with, from Wilderness,
I think this one is a Common Cuckoo


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Best regards Neil

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed May 21, 2008 12:53 pm

Difficult the first pic. Did you hear it call?

Looks like it has a yellow eye-ring.
It's very barred on the front.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed May 21, 2008 12:57 pm

I would go for common cuckoo, yes. Based on yellow eye-ring, barred front parts and yellow/orange feet.

Good sighting!

When did you see it?

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Unread post by Neil Crawford » Wed May 21, 2008 1:33 pm

The "cuckoo" was just one of all the birds in the canopy that I never got
a proper look at. Wilderness was brilliant for birding, but the forest walks
were a little frustrating for a foreign tourist, it was difficult to get a clear
view, and there was so much bird-song that I couldn't get a grip on it.
I learn a new bird-song or two every year here, but an onslaught of 100 new
ones all at the same time was too much for me!
So I can't say I heard it, it say's they are silent in South Africa in the SASOL
book, up here in Sweden we hear them often but rarely see them.
/Neil

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed May 21, 2008 1:39 pm

Yip, silent in Africa.

Forest birding is not easy at all! don't you worry. I think we all battle with it. The best tip I can give you is to learn the bird calls and then let that assist you in finding your birds.

Wilderness is an awesome place! No doubt.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu May 22, 2008 9:14 am

I wouldn't say rare. I would say not regularly spotted. It is listend in Sasol as locally common resident.

But I would love to hear how many forumites have seen it.


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