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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest! - Shining  Cuckoo - NZ by AndreaEL
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This little beauty made my day. I had never seen a shining cuckoo before, least of all held one or kissed one gently on his back. While sitting at my computer there was a flapping sound in the lounge. When I saw him I think I stopped breathing I was so excited even though at the time I did not know what type of bird it was. I have never seen them in the garden or in the wild, and I am guessing he was on his way to the Solomon Islands as the breeding season is over. I would like to think that he stopped in for a rest, and also to introduce himself to me. A few quick photos and a short video and we released him back into the wild where he belongs. He was frightened at first but he soon relaxed and as you can see I was able to touch him once more before he flew away. I feel so privileged to have met this beautiful bird.
The credit for this photo and video goes to my wonderful hubby Keith.

The Shining cuckoo: Shining cuckoos or pīpīwharauroa (Chrysococcyx lucidus) breed in Australia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia as well as New Zealand. The New Zealand subspecies overwinter in the Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Islands, and returns to New Zealand from late September. The shining cuckoo’s call – repeated ascending whistles followed by one or two long descending whistles – heralds spring. Once they have mated and laid their one olive-green egg in a grey warbler’s nest, they are free of parental duties, but stay around for several months. They feed mainly on invertebrates, including a kōwhai-eating caterpillar. When ready to migrate they gather in flocks of several hundred. Shining cuckoos are 16 centimetres long and weigh 25 grams. They have a metallic green back and white underparts with green bars.
Southland New Zealand

I would like to dedicate this to Sally Griffin
a beautiful artist with a big heart, thank you Sally

Where Were You When The Riroriro Sang?

Original Music: Bird Beat by Keith Lightfoot

I love birds

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    Wow, l would love to do this, lucky you

  • Lynn, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Kymie
    Kymiealmost 4 years ago

    Ohhhhhhh totally wonderful Andrea, how lucky were you. Glad it was able to fly away too and not hurt – beautiful

  • Kymie, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful presentation Andrea, a joy to listen to and to look at! Thanks!

  • Elizabeth, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • BingoStar
    BingoStaralmost 4 years ago

    Wow Andrea what a great opportunity you had and the bird knew you were not going to hurt him just write a story about him. He still was a very brave little guy. Very pretty too

  • Bingo, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 4 years ago
    Oh you lucky lady Andrea ! Absolutely outstanding photo and bird. We have never seen this bird but we were lucky enough to see a long tailed cuckoo when we lived on Gt. Barrier Island.
  • Roy, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated. I would love to see the long tailed one too.

    – AndreaEL

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 4 years ago

    Oh! my! what an exquisite capture sweetheART fave ;~} Valz

  • Valz, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopealmost 4 years ago

    Simply gorgeous Andrea.

  • Gabrielle, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesalmost 4 years ago

    Awwh WOW Andrea, you have birds falling out of the sky to come visit you! :) How priviledge was that! :) I just watched the video! How sweet! :) Love it how you shared this with us! :) A precious moment indeed! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Gabe, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated. I felt very privileged.

    – AndreaEL

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 4 years ago

    He is gorgeous Andrea. What a beautiful colour and shine to this little fellow.
    Great capture!

  • Sharon, thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 4 years ago

    BTW …loved the video!

  • Glad you enjoyed it.

    – AndreaEL

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