Often heard, but seldom seen …
Captured at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.
The highlight of my outing to the gardens.
Roodeport, Gauteng, South Africa.
After no less than a 15 – 20 minute hide ’n seek search, I eventually spotted the skillful sleuth.
Only to be able to get just a few images clipped off [on my 75-300 @ 300mm, hand held]. I tried to get smart and get my tripod setup, but the bird must have been far too aware of me, as I got ready to shoot with the aid of the steady tripod it upped & relocated … never to be found again.
Although, it is most commonly found solitary, this particular one had a mate, who managed to remain out of clear line of my lens. But I did get to see it, albeit just very briefly, at the very least.
The Red-chested Cuckoo (Cuculus solitarius) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family.
The nesting habit of Red-chested Cuckoo is to use the nest of another bird. The surrogate family then raise the chicks. The bird lays eggs which are brown in colour and number between 20 eggs per season in different nests.
“A large grey bird with a rufous chest. The bill is short, slender and arched; and blackish in colour. The eyes are brown with a prominent yellow eye-ring. The legs and feet are yellow. The tail is medium sized and broad, giving the bird the appearance of being long and quite slender.”