A modern-day Pterodactyl, the Channel-billed Cuckoo. They were really active at the local cemetery this morning, lots of chasing around and screeching at each other. Toowong, Queensland, Australia.
This morning I went out birding for the first time in several months – a short outing to my nearby cemetery in search of the big Channel-billed Cuckoos. I found the big brutes feeding on fruits in the usual big fig tree, today they weren’t attacked by any of the prospective nest surrogates and weren’t chasing each other around very much. A couple of squabbles inside the canopy with the associated guttural screeching and clucking – they are amazing big units to see up this close.