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on Jun 11, 2010 in Wildlife Photography

That's a "#%&**" Cuckoo!!!!

That’s a “#%&**” Cuckoo!!!! We’d been in the blind for a couple of great hours, tons of birds, when I first saw this bird across the alley way. Before I could swing the lens on it to see who it was, it flew over to the blind.

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The Yellow-billed Cuckoo is a cool lookin bird that acts “cuckoo!” They are a goofy bird and in California, they are a listed species. I photographed my first on in the state 20yrs ago. But the last place I thought I would find this riparian species is in the heat of Texas.

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Well when the cuckoo landed in the shrub and I saw who it was, my jaw dropped after saying some appropriate words. Not knowing if I would get any better shots, I made shots that I could like you see above. Now I’m not making this up, it’s not a windy, I have a witness who is not related to me, I said, “Why don’t you fly over to that perch so I can get a clean shot of you.” And wouldn’t you know it, seconds later, it was on the perch where you see it in the bottom photo. I guess Mother Nature likes me again.

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-20e3 on Lexar UDMA digital film