What's particularly difficult is that the males are so black that even if I manage to snap a photo, their plumage is too difficult to identify any kind of detail and they simply look like a black blob amongst the shadows of the tree.
During some recent heavy rain I spotted a female stormbird, trying to keep dry in the palm tree next door and snapped a few reasonable photos. I've had considerable difficulty obtaining a photo of a female, and was delighted to snap this one.
Recently just prior to a storm, we noticed several male stormbirds flying around and I heard one calling from a palm tree near our front verandah. Grabbing my camera I was able to snap a number of photos using my flash which enabled me to get some detail of the male's black plumage as well as its intensely red eyes.
|Common Koel - juvenile female|
|Common Koel - male|
Finally, after months and months of endeavour, I now have photos of both a male and a female common koel.