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Oriental cuckoo        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Australia has a lot of cuckoos; unlike North American cuckoos, all are brood parasites (they lay their eggs in the nests of other species).   This is the oriental cuckoo, a Northern Hemisphere breeder that winters in Australia; this one was in Darwin in the Northern Territory.   It hasn't yet quite molted into adult plumage.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015)