Cuckoos, caterpillars and thornbills

It’s been an interesting few days in the garden – Red Wattlebirds nesting, Common Bronzewings have returned and some nice spring migrants showing up.

This Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo announced its presence with repeated plaintive calls from a series of high points around the house.

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Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo, Newstead, 27th August 2014.

This species often parasitises fairy-wrens and thornbills, so downtown Newstead offers good opportunities. Cuckoos love eating caterpillars – these images of a Yellow-rumped Thornbill dispatching one while the bronze-cuckoo called above seemed apt.

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Yellow-rumped Thornbill with caterpillar, Newstead, 27th August 2014.

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Dispatched in a blur!

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Finishing off the job.

2 responses to “Cuckoos, caterpillars and thornbills

  1. WOW! I am loving these snippets, each one makes my day!

  2. Are these photos of the avian version of takeaway lunch?

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