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Juvenile Koel Fostered by Little Wattlebirds by byronbackyard
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As this chick has got bigger … and bigger, it’s become clear that’s it’s actually a Koel being fed by Little Wattlebirds. The Common Koel is a brood parasite, that is, it lays its eggs in the nests of other bird species. A single egg is laid in the host’s nest and once hatched the chick forces the other eggs and hatchlings out of the nest. When the chick leaves the nest it roosts in the outer branches of a tree, cheeping incessantly while the significantly smaller parents desperately search for sufficient food to satisfy the nagging youngster. This is a full-time job, as the young Koel will grow to nearly twice their size. Eventually, it migrates northwards, usually later than the adults, to return as a breeding bird the following spring.
Canon 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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nest, chick, nesting, cuckoo, juvenile, parasitic, common koel, eudynamys scolopacea

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 3 years ago

    This is simply Fabulous! What a fabulous image!

  • Many thanks Laura, it’s also very unusual, Bird Australia have no record of Wattlebirds fostering a Koel!

    – byronbackyard

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work
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  • Many thanks Ann!

    – byronbackyard

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdalealmost 3 years ago

    A super capture!

  • Many thanks Carol!

    – byronbackyard

  • ╰⊰✿ℒᵒᶹᵉ Bonita✿⊱╮ Lalonde✿⊱╮


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    Congratulations Wonderfull capture precious nicely done

  • Many thanks Rapture777!

    – byronbackyard

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