Last year, I photographed a Black-wing Currawong, which is a race of the Grey Currawong. Here is a Grey Currawong for comparison.
The Grey Currawong has light grey colouring, with black primary wing feathers and black around the yellow eye. The bird also has white tips on the tail feathers, white tips on primary wing feathers and white beneath the tail. Breeding occurs between August and December in a large nest in the fork of a tree.
My attention was first drawn to the Grey Currawong when I saw cardboard strewn around our fruit trees. We’d had some coffee grounds in boxes, waiting to be dug into the garden. With the rain, my guess is the soggy cardboard held some tasty insects. I photographed the Currawong throwing a piece of cardboard around to get at something beneath it.
A few days later, a Grey Currawong was on a tree-stump, just beside our deck, looking for food.
For some reason, I haven’t seen a lot of Currawongs of any description, so I found the Grey Currawong fascinating to watch. It is such a striking bird to look at with the black, grey and white markings. So streamlined and sleek, with a very determined look. I don’t think I would like to get in between it and whatever it had its eye set on. With that large sharp beak, and yellow eye, it’s certainly a formidable looking bird.