MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

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MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby sav » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:41 pm

Hi all,

A Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike has been seen and photographed on Nolan Rd, Wairamarama, Waikato. It was first seen at least 8 weeks ago (!!), and was present "yesterday or the day before" according to the land-owner who had previously reported the bird to the South Auckland Birds NZ branch about a month ago, and submitted a UBR to the Records Assessment Comittee (though as a Masked Woodswallow).

The bird has NOT been seen today, so far.

A plea to all birders : When you hear about a rarity near you, please get the news out. Even if it turns out to be erroneous, at least people can go and have a look.

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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby harryhatman » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:49 pm

what!!!!!! that's a mega! Please let me know if anyone wants to go for this on Sunday from Auckland?
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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby sav » Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:21 pm

I have just spoken to Paul G who has been looking most of today without success. He says that several local farmers are quite aware of the bird's presence, but it might range over a pretty wide area.

With decent birder coverage (perhaps this weekend?) it might well be re-found.

Many thanks to the original finder for noticing something out of the ordinary, and for alerting the local Birds NZ branch.

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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby TheBirderman » Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:57 pm

Would like to see this photo! Feed me!

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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby chris » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:11 am

I wonder if this bird could be responsible for some of the many s.i. kokako sightings of recent times all over the south island. Highly likely to me.
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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby phil hammond » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:50 pm

I spent another day today looking for this and so far that's 16 hours for me, more for Paul G and shorter visits for others. To my knowledge no visiting birder has seen it but there is no doubt that it is real and it is a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike.
Nolan Rd is a no exit road 2.4 km long. To my knowledge no sightings have been in the first 800m, a few have been in the middle, but most have been in the last 800 m
All but 1 of the sightings by an experienced birder who lives in the road, have been high in bare deciduous trees that are visible from the road. The last sighting was 4 days ago.
Where is it when not being seen???
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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby Davidthomas » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:22 pm

Thanks to everyone for trying. Gotta be in it to win it!
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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby Steve Wood » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:09 pm

Hi all,
Just heard from Tim that the Cuckoo has been re found at the site.
That’s all I know, a few people are heading up now.
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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby Tim Barnard » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:09 pm

Present just after 11am. Flew from the shrubs/trees by a gate with an orange triangle up into a large old pine then into the next piece of bush by the road. Stayed in there for a minute or so ... always moving. Then flew off out of sight.

Not seen again. I left at 2.30pm. It is very active. I don't think it will move on for a bit but from the behaviour I saw - catching the moment is going to be tough.
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Re: MEGA - Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Waikato.

Postby erikforsyth » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:53 pm

Hi Tim

well done with this mega, perseverance has paid off!

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