A very interesting bird. The most melodious call around. I tried some Youtube recordings to share, but quality sucks. Most of the recordings can barely be heard, while in reality they produce a strong sound.
I am sure that when they chant their melody, other birds shudder. The coucal is just smaller than a crow and an accomplished nest robber. I have once witnessed how a coucal took a dove from the air. A second later the only sign of the drama was a lone dove feather fluttering to the ground. Officially not a raptor, but it loves bird meat.
Most of the time it skulks around in the undergrowth and the photographer has to wait patiently until it surfaces, for a quick picture opportunity.
Sometime ago, I started losing my ability to spot birds in time for a careful approach. I went to two eye specialists and both thought, I must be patient the floaters will go away. The third one (a woman, Astrid!) took amazing detailed pictures of my eyes and showed me the cataracts. I have floaters too, but the cataracts are causing most issues. So on Wednesday I will go for the first operation and the following Wednesday, the other eye.
My bird pictures I have been posting recently are all old ones. Birds fool me all too easily nowadays. Or maybe I have been fooling myself, trying to go after them. Well whatever - I hope for positive results and am planning some breakaways for the rest of the year. But first, over the next two weeks I will have low activity on SC.
Then breakaways - mountain lair end of March; Dutchland and Portugal in May; Turkey in September; Deutchland and Dutchland end of October. If all of this works out, it will be a celebration of seeing!