It’s now summer time right here in Australia and there may be hope of rain within the subsequent few weeks right here in Broome. It has been greater than eight months now since we had rain and the land is determined for rainfall. We’re all determined for a change, as a result of you’ll be able to really get a bit bored of fixed blue skies! We sit up for the lightning reveals and the distant teasing rumbling and ultimately the rain pours down and nature rejoices!
Though Pheasant Coucals are all the time across the space the place we dwell we don’t all the time see them in our backyard. Because the temperature rises and the out there water reduces they enterprise in. The primary indication is the grumblings of the opposite chicken in our backyard. Probably the most vocal species is the Brown Honeyeater. They acknowledge the presence of the Pheasant Coucals in the identical manner that they acknowledge different threats just like the Brown Goshawk or a Inexperienced Tree Snake. Once we first hear the opposite birds point out a menace we glance to see what the menace is. It’s not all the time instantly apparent, although. The header picture reveals a Pheasant Coucal in our backyard in one among our bigger timber.
Over the previous few days the arrival of the Pheasant Coucals has been very early within the day. They’ve additionally been returning through the day to drink and bathe. They’re primarily floor dwelling birds and actually don’t look adept at flying. When they will go away the property they get themselves as excessive as attainable right into a tree near the fence, in order that they’ll finally glide their manner out.
The Pheasant Coucals have a distinct name and it’s turning into increasingly more common as our wet season approaches. It “whoops” away from half manner up a tree hoping to draw some consideration. Pheasant Coucals are cuckoos, however they’re very uncommon as a result of they really construct their very own nests and lift their very own younger. Earlier this yr we encountered a Pheasant Coucal household near Broome.
We’re all trying ahead to an excellent downpour and watching the land rejoice.