Monday, January 30, 2006
A Horsfield's Bronze.
While busily engaged photographing the Dusky Woodswallows in the Peter Murrell reserve recently, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, another bird in the same tree. It was fairly non descipt with the naked eye, but in a lull in the action, I pointed the camera at it. I was surprised to see it was a Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo. I managed to get a couple of shots off before it took flight, leaving me to curse about not noticing it earlier and allowing me to get better shots. Generally speaking I've been aware of the presence of Bronze Cuckoos by their call, which is mainly given in Spring and early Summer. Horsfield's seems to prefer drier areas than the Shining and I have regularly caught them while banding, in fairly dense acacia. At Seven Mile Beach, around the airport, I have regularly found them during the Winter in this habitat. Both Bronze Cuckoos are mainly Summer migrants to Tasmania