I’ve been chasing Pied Currawongs for a few weeks now, after hearing the distinctive calls of these winter altitudinal migrants in early May.
Finally a couple arrived in the garden at the weekend and I managed some hastily composed images. Then, later in the day a single Grey Currawong turned up. Like its ‘cousin’ this species is wary and somewhat cryptic around town. Grey Currawongs are resident in the box-ironbark country but tend to move around more during winter as they come into gardens in search of food when there are lean pickings in the bush. The two species can be hard to separate – a couple of key features are the bill shape (the Grey Currawong lacks the hooked tip of the Pied Currawong) and the latter has white at the upper base of the tail. Both have white under tail coverts.