Much like the Clapper Rail I posted a while back, Mangrove Cuckoos are a very common bird here. Like the rails they are thought of primarily as wetland area birds (hence the name) but actually seem to be much more widespread across the island. In spite of this (and again like the rails) I rarely see them but do hear them fairly frequently.
I was just dragging my kayak up the slipway and preparing to head home when he let off a deafening blast of his call right next to my ear thereby alerting me to his presence...which was nice. Unfortunately he did behave fairly true to type by staying buried deep in his chosen acacia thereby denying me a shot of his wonderful long, thin and graceful tail with its thick black and grey bands. He also retreated further into the scrub limiting me to the single shot above. Nonetheless our cuckoo showed no fear whatsoever and sat happily watching me from his safehaven. As I think the picture shows these birds have a gleam in the eye that suggests one of the more intelligent birds. He was certainly too smart to get caught on camera again.