It is early summer here in the southern hemisphere, and cuckoos are appearing on the south coast.
This Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) flew into our window a few days ago. It lost quite a few feathers, but after resting for two or three hours it flew off again. When a bird is stunned I spray Ausflowers Emergency Essence onto my hands, gather it up and place it in a basket covered by a light cloth. When the bird is sufficiently recovered it flies off of it’s own volition.
The same bird appeared in the garden yesterday, flying close to the terrace, keeping an eye on me. I was just about to capture a better shot when it flew away across the dam. Maybe it came back to say ‘thank you’? Actually the Fan-tailed Cuckoo eats hairy caterpillars, so the real reason it was in the garden was probably as a friendly pest-remover!