On a misty, rainy day, in coastal areas, or if your home is surrounded by bush, like ours is, you're sure to hear the mournful, haunting bubbly sound of a coucal.
However, this common bird is also heard and seen most days here in the valley. Last Sunday we stopped to watch a flycatcher flitting around in the shrubs beside the road. As I focussed on this colourful bird, my screen picked up a larger, even more striking bird. I immediately shifted my focus onto a White-browed Coucal in a bush in the middle-distance.
As we watched this bird gave its liquid, bubbling call and another White-browed Coucal replied from somewhere in the bush behind us. As I wanted to capture my subject in full cry - as it were - we sat and waited for the next call.
The White-browed Coucal ...
...listens for the reply to its original call...
...and replies to that call!
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