The storm bird sings!

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.

Stormclouds approaching Lismore from city limits on Kyogle road; photo by Andrew Roberts

Stormclouds approaching Lismore from city limits on Kyogle road; photos by Andrew Roberts

Stormclouds approaching Lismore from city limits on Kyogle road_8 Stormclouds approaching Lismore from city limits on Kyogle road_7 Stormclouds approaching Lismore from city limits on Kyogle road_6 Stormclouds approaching Lismore from city limits on Kyogle road_2Here’s the culprit (he’s the loud one) supping in the mulberry tree …

Male koel

Male koel

… and his wife (she’s the sneaky one, slipping into currawong nests to lay her cuckoo eggs) …

Female koel

Female koel

The land needs the rain, so sing on, storm bird!

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One Response to The storm bird sings!

  1. Kath says:

    Dramatic shots! Thank Andrew for Sharing.

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