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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:57 am 
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zep wrote:
I think this is the koel you are referring to, otherwise know as the Orgasm Bird for reasons I have never been able to fathom.


Don't think so? It's the first one in the following vid. not the second:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i1J-i3p ... re=related


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That's certainly an Indian cuckoo pictured, but they don't increase in pitch and volume, just the same old monotonous 4-note mantra - the koel does though.


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 Post subject: Indian Cuckoos
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Hiya I'm a lifelong birdwatcher who finally got their act together and joined this excellent wildlife forum.

The 'That's what she said" bird (as my mate calls them) or Indian Cuckoo has been back in evidence around Tai Wan - Wang Long for about 10 days now. Although a tad monotonous (especially at 3 in the morning) it makes a pleasant change from the resident repetitive callers: the "Whoop whoop whoop" bird (Greater Coucal) and "For real" bird (same mate's name) (Common Koel)! Haven't yet heard the eerie "currawol currawol" call of the Lesser Coucal this year - anyone else had the pleasure?

BTW although not by any means rare in the region, have now seen White-breasted Waterhen in two separate small patches of wetland - one in Wang Long (this month) and the other in Ko Long (last year). The Wang Long bird had chicks so their eco niche for now is still big enough and clean enough for breeding to successfully take place. The wetland in question is just next to the concrete mixing yard on the YSW side of Granny Chan's and, surprise surprise, builder's rubble is already being dumped on the adjoining wetland plot!!! Just a matter of time...

Other recent excitement was an overfly by a Northern Goshawk, I guess on passage, which flew down the valley from Wang Long towards Sha Po on 10th April. Never seen a bird flying quite the same way: a series of rapid fluttering beats of its wide, rounded wings followed by short glides. Beautiful and a first for me.

Before I ramble too much - just wanted to say that my favourite Lamma bird at present is the Japanese White-eye of which there are probably hundreds if not thousands around, but they are fast-moving and hard to spot (although they have a very distinctive "tzee" call which they make en masse when moving through the canopy). Luckily I have a tree outside my flat which is a regular feeding spot so I get to see our local flock on a daily basis (see attached). Need to get a better camera!

Happy birdwatching!


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Hi Whoopbird - nice to have another birdo on the forum - we are getting a bit in-bred here, and rely almost entirely on Guy's splendid photos. I find the cuckoos' noises pleasant and relaxing, except on the few occasions when one has been outside myh window in the middle of the night. When jetlagged, I have confirmed that the Indian cuckoo does literally call all night long.

There are two other cuckoos heard occasionally - the pallid cuckoo and the greater hawk cuckoo. I'll have to look out my digital tape recorder try to remember how to use it. The lesser coucals call frequently from the hillsides behind Tai Peng.

Your bird of prey could have been a northern goshawk, but is much more likely to have been a crested goshawk, which is resident here. The crest is not normally visible in flight, but the pattern of movement sounds just like it. You can sometimes tell it by the fluffy white feathers around the tail. Also, there is usually a major movement of Chinese goshawks heading north in the last week of April.


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zep wrote:
we are getting a bit in-bred here


Speak for yourself, Zep.

But I agree. Whoopbird and Oswald, welcome. It is nice to have some new contributors.


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Thanks Oswald - brings back a lot of memories


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There are two other cuckoos heard occasionally - the pallid cuckoo and the greater hawk cuckoo.

Plaintive cuckoo, surely?


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Hi Zep,

Thanks for the warm welcome! The Goshawk in question definitely had a white fluffy tail - so I guess it must have been the less exciting Chinese variety - still a first for me and lovely to watch. I love that feeling when you realise you're watching a bird for the first time - still gives me the same thrill as it did when I was a kid with top end enthusiasm, bargain basement binocs and a well-thumbed copy of Warne's Observer's Book of Birds. I'll never forget the frustration of finding that the bird I thought I'd just seen was on one of the B&W rather than colour illustrations. Happy days!

BTW just noticed over the weekend that there were a lovely pair of Cattle Egrets in full breeding plumage foraging on the old man's fields at the back of Powerstation Beach. Do you know if they breed on Lamma?


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Thanks Foxy - yes, I meant to say Plaintive cuckoo

The Crested goshawk is a resident - there are one or two photos on the top ten birds thread, I believe, but it's so big that it is hard to find. I have one, not nearly as good as Guy's, taken as it rested on a neighbour's roof. The Chinese goshawks are much smaller, and migrants. They pass through just around now, sometimes in quite large flocks, but high overhead. The hill behind Pak Kok is a good time to look for them, usually around 8-10 a.m.

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Here's my attempt at recording the large hawk cuckoo - quite a distinctive call "you're JO-king"


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Had a lovely walk up to north Lamma on the VV route. There were a cluster of Indian Cuckoos all very vocal. I heard at least four separate ones - all with the distinct call!


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Time to open this long-running thread again, as it's THAT time of year again. The Indian Cuckoos have probably packed their bags and are winging their way to Lamma as we speak. So again the question is - who will hear the first cuckoo of spring?

It's actually a bit pointless, as many respondents are clearly describing the Indian Koel instead, and anyone can claim anything without verification, but let's see who claims the first.

Reminder: It's a four note call like the first four notes of the Clapping Song ("my momma told me...) repeated ad nasueam.

There's lots of relevant information, including recordings, on earlier pages in this thread.


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Well I'll answer my own question - heard the beast this morning, 10th April, calling clearly through the clear early morning.

I therefore claim the prize of a six pack of Sonderberg South Korean beer generously provided by the moderator.


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High praise and eternal glory to our most generous moderator!

I hope that, the 1st prize winner and recipient of this exciting price will share it with a carefully selected 5 out of his hundreds of friends in another breakfast on his Orchid Garden Rooftop with the glorious views?

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By the clearly unspecified rules of the contest I claim the prize also - 5:40 on 10 April.


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Rambler, if you succeed in getting this prize (good luck!), could you carry it along on our ascent to Mt. Stenhouse and we'll drink it at the summit?

The weather is finally getting good and dry enough for our overdue group ascent from the Lo So Shing side.

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Warm beer on the summit?! I would rather withdraw my claim.


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I'll make sure it's in a cooler with plenty of ice. To claim your prize, meet me at the summit of Mt Stenhouse at 6 am on Sunday morning


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Zep, you really want to carry the cooler up there by yourself for sunrise?

Let the winner (if you accept his claim) carry it up there!
And then you and I can enjoy a cool beer on top of Mt Stenhouse at 6am this Sunday!

OK with everybody, confirmed?

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