Channel-billed Cuckoo aggregations


My most common CBC observation is a single bird calling in flight, with numerous instances of coordinated duos.

A while back I came across a group of 4 hanging out in a eucalypt and I was struck by their similarity with hornbills.

This morning I saw a combination of 7 CBCs (6 in . . . → Read More: Channel-billed Cuckoo aggregations

Covid – birding

I am passing this on for anyone who is interested to do this survey. It is pretty easy and the context of some questions fits the northern hemisphere a bit better. I believe it is genuine. I certainly know that the name Dr Jukka Jokimaki (one of those responsible for this survey), is . . . → Read More: Covid – birding

Mystery swamp call (Altona, Vic)

Just wondering if anyone here has heard this call before: It's the "mir" call you can hear every few seconds. I suspect it's a Spotless Crake, and found one other similar recording on Xeno-canto labelled as such, but this call isn't described in the field guides, and isn't in any apps or the BOCA . . . → Read More: Mystery swamp call (Altona, Vic)

Start of 2021

2020 ended in Norway the way most of the year has been: awful. A catastrophic landslide on 30 December partly destroyed a village just north of Oslo, and killed 10 people. Just when we thought we had weathered the year not too badly (with ‘only’ 450 dead Norway escaped hitherto comparatively lightly, even . . . → Read More: Start of 2021

Mike Tarburton’s contact address

Hi all,

Can someone please give me Mike’s email address, I have some needletail records for him.

Thanks, Mark

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From Birding-Aus

Great to meet up with a few other birders on Cairns Esplanade this afternoon to get good views of the Nordmann’s Greenshank discovered and photographed by Adrian Walsh earlier today. His photos are on eBird and show the bird beside a Common Greenshank as well as with lifted wings. What a stunning bird to kick . . . → Read More: From Birding-Aus

Tenth anniversary of our Victorian Big Year!

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the end of Ruth’s and my Victorian Big Year – or VicTwitch.

In 2010 we saw 392 species in Victoria – a record that still stands today. Completing any sort of a Big Year requires a huge amount of commitment and planning – and, most importantly, it requires help . . . → Read More: Tenth anniversary of our Victorian Big Year!

Bird Magazines

I am fairly sure I know the answer to this question but I will ask anyway. Does anyone want or know some else who wants a multiple decade collection of Birdlife/Wingspan and New Zealand Birds.


It is time to clean the shelves and I hardly read the new editions . . . → Read More: Bird Magazines

Wood Duck behaviour

Seasons Greetings folks. I hope you are enjoying the year end.

We have a pair of Wood Ducks that periodically visit our back yard swimming pool. In addition to the expected the physical reminders of their visits, we also get the occasional egg left on the side of the pool.

My understanding is that . . . → Read More: Wood Duck behaviour

Fw: [WorldShorebirdsDay]: Promoting the Eurasian Shorebird Survey

; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; word-spacing:0px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word; line-break:after-white-space”> ______________ Gyorgy Szimuly World Shorebirds Day Founder &  Organiser

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