Greens Bush – The Fox and the Cuckoo

An early morning follow-up visit to Greens Bush produced a few interesting bird shots as well as a young fox exploring his neck of the woods.

The Eastern Spinebills were fighting with the New Holland Honeyeaters over the nectar in the flowering Mistletoe hanging from the local gum trees.

Young Eastern Spinebill

Young Eastern Spinebill

Black Faced Cuckoo-Shrike

Black Faced Cuckoo-Shrike with its distinctive look and call.

Brown Thornbill feeding a Shining Bronze Cuckoo

Brown Thornbill feeding a Shining Bronze Cuckoo chick – the adult female Cuckoo will lay a similar looking egg into a target bird’s nest. The host parents will raise the young cuckoo as their own and don’t seem to realise that it is not their own species – even when it looks and sounds very different and can be much bigger – as above. The Thornbill jumped over the young Cuckoo and fed it from the right hand side.

I have spent quite a bit time out and about this year and have seen a number of  foxes. This one was quite small and seemed to be on its own having a look around.

Young Fox out and about exploring

Young Fox out and about exploring

Hears the shutter click and starts to trot forward to investigate

Hears the shutter clicks and starts to trot forward to investigate

Slows down as he sees that something big is up ahead (me)

Slows down as he sees that something big is up ahead (me)

Finally sees me clearly, freezes and bolts back along the path...

Finally sees me clearly, freezes and bolts back along the path…

4 responses to “Greens Bush – The Fox and the Cuckoo

  1. very cool!

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  2. yes, it was a nice moment with the fox. I know it was young and naive but I am assuming (hoping) that my fieldcraft is getting better.

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  3. Great photos of the birds and the foxes… I especially like that photo of the spinebill. I’ve run into quite a few foxes between Baldry’s Crossing and Cape Schanck this spring/summer. Based on my experience, the fox cubs are not terribly switched on, as I’ve walked to within a metre of them before they panic. Unfortunately the Parks Victoria baiting program for the foxes doesn’t seem to be having much effect. One thing that worries me about the baiting program is that scavengers such as the wedge tail eagles would be attracted to the poisoned carcases and what the flow on effects might be.

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  4. I agree Andrew. I was at Pt Cook on Friday and saw the Rabbit bait traps and a rabbit that had been poisoned. It was quite distressing to see. I know that foxes and rabbits are a massive pest but nothing should die like that and I am not sure what happens to the Swamp Harriers that ends up feeding on the rabbit carcasses.

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