*MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

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*MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby Oscar Thomas » Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:36 am

Bradley Shields saw and photographed this juvenile Pallid Cuckoo just inland from Collingwood yesterday; the 8th NZ record and first in 13 years. Exact location appears to be around 40°43'45.7"S 172°37'05.8"E, or the corner of Pah Rd and Collingwood-Bainham Main Rd. It was first reported as an Oriental Cuckoo by a local the day prior. eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62189098
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby Michael Szabo » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:34 am

More photos in this eBird checklist posted by Ken George: https://ebird.org/atlasnz/checklist/S62203598
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby Jan » Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:16 am

Certainly have been many days of very strong northerlies in that area, and the ship Endeavour, the replica of Capt. Cook's ship, had a hard time getting out off Farewell Spit on its way back to Sydney last week. The other day it managed 125nm at 5.1knots, so might make it before Xmas just.
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby Michael Szabo » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:49 am

Steve Wood just reported seeing the bird there at 11.45am this morning perched on an A-frame swing in the paddock by the Bay Fitness Centre, flying down and taking insects from the ground.
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby FraserGurney » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:02 pm

The cuckoo is still present as of now, feeding on worms behind the fitness centre. In between feeding forays it is roosting in trees lining the far side of the lawn when viewed from Pah Road.
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby Michael Szabo » Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:07 am

Seen again this morning by Igor Debski, same location.
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby Grahame » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:57 pm

I have just been sent this photo of the bird by Paul G. Cheers, Grahame
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby wazzagonewild » Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:59 pm

Bird was present as described between 1-3 pm today. Very confiding
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby jameswickham » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:33 pm

Anyone planning to twitch this and the Oriental on Saturday?
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Re: *MEGA* Pallid Cuckoo, Golden Bay

Postby Michael Szabo » Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:14 pm

Still there this morning reports Steve Wood.
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