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Old Aug 10, 2011, 8:59 PM   #1
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Birds, birds, birds.

Once again we have spent the coldest days of winter tramping the Wollomombi Gorge at sunrise, delighting in the incredible vocalisations and displays of the male Superb Lyrebirds. I have not yet put together a composite package of our pics for the Wildlife forum, but thought these three might adequately meet the Challenge here.

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#2 Foraging for grubs, worms & insects


# Singing for his supper


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Old Aug 10, 2011, 10:12 PM   #2
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Nice rare find you have there.
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Old Aug 11, 2011, 3:59 AM   #3
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very nice
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Beautiful and you can really see how this bird get his name!
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thought these three might adequately meet the Challenge here.
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More than adequate. Neat birds. Thanks for the post.

If that cleared area is his lek (displaying arena), I am surprised how small it is.
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 8:34 AM   #6
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A fascinating looking bird!
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 10:34 AM   #7
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What a neat bird! I wonder if it's related to the peacock...
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 3:51 PM   #8
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G'day Bernice

Well done & great capture in obviously difficult lighting conditions
Would you accept (below) as a qwik WB fix to the #3 image - showing lots of blue from the shady area



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Thank you very much Mugmar, wave01, vsch1, penolta, mtngal, J'bug & Phil. glad you like them.

J'bug no they're no relation to any other bird, being endemic to the eastern 'edge' of Australia - the eastern fall of the Great Dividing Range and associated coastal plains.

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If that cleared area is his lek (displaying arena), I am surprised how small it is.
No penolta that's a foraging scratching. They shift a great amount of leaf litter, sticks and soil foraging for their bugs. The display mound is approx a metre across (some smaller, some larger). They are nothing spectacular without their owner - just a very cleared, mounded, round area of built up dirt in the middle of a thick patch of grass or low bushes. This one is in a patch of lomandra and tussock grass

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Phil, I can't get a good look at your 'fix', it's pixelated. Could be this computer - I'll check it out on my work computer tomorrow. That one was taken in very foggy conditions and came out with that eery-blue cast. I'll be interested to see and hear how you sorted it.

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Aha can see it today Phil. Hmmm, so what did you do to reduce the blue? All help appreciated!

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