Beltane Bird Revisited

I haven’t been adding to this blog very much over the last couple of years as I tend to be focusing more on my Dragon Dreaming and Weight Loss blogs, and helping my dog with his blog. 😉 I also post things a lot on Facebook, forgetting that in many cases they’d be good material for posts on this blog instead of Facebook. I must try harder in future to blog, and post the link to the blog on FB instead as, in spite of the inactivity here, I really do want to keep this blog going.

Back in November 2008 I wrote a blogpost called The Common Koel ~ My “Beltane Bird”. Since then Son2 and I have each taken some photos of these birds, which I really should have thought to add here in my photos section, but didn’t …until now. So, without further ado, here they are… 😀

Below are just a few of the many photos Son2 took on 23rd December 2012 of a baby Koel in our yard. The Koel is a cuckoo so mother Koel lays her egg in a Wattlebird’s nest and leaves junior to be raised by Mamma & Dadda Wattlebird who, amazingly, are none the wiser that this huge creature is not one of their own babies. Notice in photos 5,7,8 & 9 how small the “parent” is compared to the baby!

The next album contains the best of the photos I took on 4th November 2017 of two male Koels — presumably having a territorial dispute — giving each other death stares, fluffing their feathers and one briefly attacking and chasing the other to different branches in the Frangipani tree in my front yard.

One Koel was initially sitting with his tail feathers soaking in the bird bath, but he eventually moved to a higher branch to dry off. After a brief scuffle one of the two rested for a while in a garden bed, before flying to the same Bottlebrush shrub the other bird had flown to. There was a slight commotion within the shrub and both birds flew away. Later on, one of them returned to sit on the side fence and call loudly in the hope of attracting any nearby female Koels. I’m not sure which one was the victor.

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