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Old Sep 16, 2011, 1:48 AM   #1
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Default Lyrebird collection Winter 2011

The lyrebirds were out in force again this winter, so we spent many frosty week end mornings out at Wollomombi. Two of the birds were very obliging, allowing us to follow along as they sang, displayed and foraged around the main walking trail. One bird gave us two extraordinary exhibitions of song and dance that we had not observed or heard from any others (last two videos).

Here is a small part of our 2011 collection of pics & videos.

#1 portrait


#2 display


#3 video
http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/6811/file8066.mp4

# and another display


#4 in fog over the gorge


#5 calling over the gorge


# foraging


And here are the extraordinary ‘be-bop’ exhibitions

#1 song & dance
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/5277/file15742.mp4

#2 song & dance & display
http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/5500/file16512.mp4


We’ll have to go back again next year and see/hear how many of the other birds pick up these songs.

Cheers

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Sorry about that - think it's fixed now.

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Bernice and Mark great shots of the Lyrebird. I know you guys have a special love for these guys, thanks for sharing.

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G'day Bernice

Another excellent set of images
Over the last 30yrs or so, on the few times I have ever seen a Lyrebird, they scoot into the bush and disappear very quickly. You must be very lucky in your area - better than the Dandenongs or Gippsland

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Good show! Thanks for posting - those of us who don't live there seldom get to see or hear these phenomena.
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Fantastic Bernice. You must have been like a couple of kids in a lolly shop
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Those are some extraordinary shots, I thought they only existed on tv in nature shows.
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Thank you jj, phil, penolta, banksy & loren. Mark and I both grew up way outside the lyrebird habitats on the eastern fringe of Australia, so yes banksy, we're definitely just like kids in a lolly shop seeing lyrebirds — AND actually getting pics and videos — weekend after winter weekend. We had never seen a lyrebird in the flesh until we found these at Wollomombi last year. Just imagine, we actually look forward to the cold frosty weather just for this experience.

Very pleased to be able to share these and especially glad that you like them.

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Wow, what a fabulous bird! The plumage is incredible and his dance is even more fascinating! Congratulations for finding him, and sharing with us!!!
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Thanks saly. Yes they're remarkable birds!

Phil: I believe Sherbrooke Forest in Victoria has some quite obliging lyrebirds who won't skitter off so readily.

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