Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Cuckoo

Cuckoo

Cuckoos

A7R4. in APS-C mode

FE 200-600/5.6-6.3 G

MT190CXPRO3/BHQ2

190XPROB/GHFG1.  Feb 2022

 

 

Large Hawk Cuckoo

A large migratory cuckoo, superficially similar to the Accipiter hawks. Breast streaked rufous, contrasting with brown barring on belly and flanks. Upperparts largely dark brown, contrasting with grey head. Tail has four dark bars, with white tip. LArger bodied than similar Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo, giving it a small-headed appearance. Young birds are heavily streaked on underparts, while brown upperparts show fine barring.

f8 1/2000. @600mm, ISO 1000, Jurong Lake Gardens, 25 Jan 2022

 

 

f8 1/2000. @600mm, ISO 1250, Jurong Lake Gardens, 25 Jan 2022

 

 

 

Asian Emerald Cockoo

Male bird is small, glossy gold-tinged emerald-green, white bars on lower breast to vent, dark-tipped rich yellowish bill. Female bird plain rufous crown and nape, coppery-green upperparts, entirely barred underparts. Juvenile like female but less green above with dark and buff bars on crown to mantle, rufous-tipped upperpart feathers and wing-coverts, darker tail with more rufous but no white bars, darker bill.

 

Sub-adult male, f8 1/1000. @600mm, ISO 1250, Jurong Lake Gardens, 25 Jan 2022

 

 

Sub-adult male, f8 1/1000. @600mm, ISO 1250, Jurong Lake Gardens, 25 Jan 2022

 

 

 

Asian Koel

A familiar, long-tailed cuckoo of parkland and urban areas. Male is entirely glossy black. Female has dark brown upperparts, heavily spotted buff. Both sexes have bright crimson eyes and a pale greenish bill. Distinguished in flight from the crows by its longer tail and more rapid wing-beats.

 

A6400, Male, f6.3 1/1000. @280mm, ISO 1600, 12 Dec 2019

 

 

Female, f8 1/800. @600mm, ISO 5000, Woodlands Waterfront, 19 Dec 2021

 

 

f8 1/500. @600mm, ISO 5000, Woodlands Waterfront, 19 Dec 2021

 

 

Little Bronze Cuckoo

Smallest resident cuckoo in Singapore. Upperparts bronzy green, underparts mostly white with dark barring.Bill black. Head is finely barred, with dark eye-stripe that is incomplete or poorly defined in some individuals. Tail lined white. Adults have reddish eye-ring. Juveniles have dull brownish upperparts and pale underparts, are weakly to completely unbarred, and have yellow eye-ring.

f8 1/1250. @600mm, ISO 3200, Woodlands Waterfront, 11 Aug 2021     

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