The koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) is called the “storm bird” around here, because it supposedly brings storms. More likely is that it arrives from the north part of Australia in spring, so is coincidental with the spring storms. It’s in fine voice this summer.
It’s too early to say whether the “wet” has arrived early, but we’re finally starting to have some decent storms, sometimes even with sorely needed rain.
We were not in the right place to photograph last night’s event – though from my bed on the front porch near the wallabies and “yeepers” (bandicoots) I could see brilliant flashes over the other side of the range – but the Northern NSW Severe Weather Science Website has some good shots.
Andrew took these photos of a storm front back in March, on the Kyogle Road just outside Lismore.
… and his wife (she’s the sneaky one, slipping into currawong nests to lay her cuckoo eggs) …
The land needs the rain, so sing on, storm bird!