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Old Jun 21, 2010, 7:17 AM   #1
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The photos in this set may not be of the highest quality, but they record a phenomenon that neither my husband nor I have ever before seen in real life a Superb Lyrebird [Menura novaehollandiae] in full song and dance.

#1 In full display. Taken by Mark who had a position on the path slightly above the lyrebird . Nikon D3000 (exif embedded)


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My photos, taken while sitting in the dirt below the path (and keeping an eye out for bull ants!).

#2 The Prelude

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# 3 The Display Begins - right on cue with the sun's first golden rays over the far edge of the gorge


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.... a couple more to come ...
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Old Jun 21, 2010, 7:29 AM   #2
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and then he decided it was time for a break and took his leave

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Taken at Wollomombi Gorge in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

To pinch a phrase from our youngest son, this experience was awsome!
just aaaawesome!!

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PS: Am I able to upload a video with audio and, if so, in what format and how?
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Awesome is right! Thanks for posting these.

And do watch out for those bull ants!
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"Awesome," beautiful bird.
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 9:32 PM   #5
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Thank you penolta and flutelady. Lyrebirds only inhabit a long section of the east coast and Great Dividing Range of Australia. We are from other areas and had never had the opportunity to explore lyrebird country till now. It is an experience well worth the waiting for! And it is a great pleasure to be able to share the experience with others on this forum.

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Great capture! I believe these where the birds that where featured in the documentary Planet Earth. It's quite a dance the male performs.
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Yes lomitamike, they are featured in Planet Earth with David Attenborough. Wildlife documentaries always seem to show the birds displaying on their mounds, so we were taken by surprise to find we needed to look up into the trees to find them. Their calls echo around the gorge which makes it difficult to pinpoint where they are - until you hear one of their soft calls. Maybe they will display on their mounds (we have found several) once the hens appear. We have only seen males to date. They are fascinating creatures.

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Bernice,

Great captures. Can both the males and the females imitate all those sounds from the surroundings? My guess is .....

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Yes, according to Wickipaedia they can, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyrebird but apparently the female is not heard as often. I haven't seen this mentioned in other articles, everyone concentrating on the males. We went back to Wollomombi again last weekend and I posted more photos at Weekend recital
They are just the most fascinating creatures to watch and listen to.

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Yes, according to Wickipaedia they can, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyrebird but apparently the female is not heard as often. I haven't seen this mentioned in other articles, everyone concentrating on the males. We went back to Wollomombi again last weekend and I posted more photos at Weekend recital
They are just the most fascinating creatures to watch and listen to.

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I thought perhaps it was only the males; to impress further on the females - making them feel that they, the males, are in total control of the territory - to the degree that they can imitate almost any sound

I don't know if I could express the thought - have seen the Atten.... - great scen

Also read some Konrad Lorenz and Niko Tinbergen

Anyhow - wonders of nature - more than enough. Why this "new age"?

Thank you

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