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A Bird a Day in June: Day 22 – Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo

Day 22

of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden – this was a very rare visitor indeed.

Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo

Other Cuckoos- Klaas Cuckoo


The Unexpected Cuckoo

One of my interests since moving here has been the vast variety of birds we see on a daily basis. Most of them are familiar and repeatedly seen. Others are much more unexpected and unusual. Sitting in the garden last week we spotted an unfamiliar bird. It sat patiently on a branch as I took some pictures.  

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dusky long-tailed cuckoo 
It wasn’t keen to show it’s chest so a few shots taken through a bush were all I got.

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It turns out this is a Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo – which is ordinarily found nowhere near here on the other side of the lake in Uganda, making this a rarity. 

Within a few minutes it was on it’s way, much to the relief of the other birds no doubt wary of the cuckoo.

A chance encounter, just a few  minutes long with a bird that has excited the birding community.