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Old Jun 28, 2010, 6:46 AM   #1
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After our first incredible encounter with a lyrebird the previous weekend we decided to go back to Wollomombi Gorge again just before sunrise this Saturday and Sunday. We were not disappointed and found two birds willing to pose for us - but not usually in ideal lighting and framing conditions.

# 1 Taken by Mark. Nikon D3000. (spots are raindrops from a passing shower)

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# 2 Mark's also

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I was concentrating on capturing the birds and their calls on video (while trying out my new tripod) but I did manage to get a couple of stills as well.

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# 5 and a head crop.

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You know, this could become an addictive winter sport!

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What a strange looking bird. The first one looks a bit moth-eaten. Thanks for sharing
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Old Jul 11, 2010, 9:35 PM   #3
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Yes, I guess they are strange-looking birds — but then our fauna do tend to be different. No, he's not moth-eaten. It's just the way the feathers ruffle when the tail is flung forward.

As there are no lyrebirds where we grew up my husband and I are fascinated by the activities of the two birds we've found at Wollomombi Gorge. We've been observing them for three weekends now (see Superb Lyrebird and Foraging)

They are excellent mimics, calling while displaying their long tails in their courtship dances or sometimes taking a break from display and just calling. I have posted a video and audio of one of the birds calling at
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Hope you like it (hope it works - have never posted a video before)

Thank you for stopping by Caryl.

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Second video — same bird, same time, different sequence of calls. (He was only warming up in the first one)

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Nice work, for you and Mark.
I tried the links for the video but, the didn't work.
Would sure like to see them.
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Nice work, for you and Mark.
I tried the links for the video but, the didn't work.
Would sure like to see them.
Thanks for the comments Goldwinger. We've been having some really frosty pre-dawn starts then a 40 km drive to get these shots, but it has been exhilarating. Lyrebirds in the wild are really something special for us.

Sorry the links didn't work - see if the tinyurls are better. I just tested them on the Parallels side of my iMac and they were OK. The videos were taken in AVI and Image Shack converted them to MP4 - don't know if you need the Windows Quicktime.

http://tinyurl.com/lyrebird-calling-1

http://tinyurl.com/lyrebird-calling-2

Better luck this time - would appreciate you letting me know if they work now.

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Got the video, Bernice. What a vocal range!
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Yes, they're amazing aren't they! I'm pleased you liked them - did you have to download Quicktime or other helper software, or did the tinyurls 'just work'?

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