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Old Sep 3, 2007, 1:47 PM   #11
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BTW, what is a Bush Turkey? Is it a native bird to Australia or something else? It does look very reminiscent of a small turkey.

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The Ozzzies probably have some weird preconceptions about our birds, too, but it works both ways. I can imagine that if this bird were to build its "nest"in Rodney's back yard, that his house would be buried in a gigantic heap of decaying vegetation (that is an exaggeration of course)! I did a real double-take when I saw that picture - I can't imagine a Megapode on my roof! :O

Tim, Brush Turkeys belong to a small group of 3 species of Australian birds known as Megapodes, or Mound Builders. They burytheir eggs under masses of rotting vegetation, letting the heat of decomposition incubate them. Some of these birds build the largest nesting structures of any bird -the largest Mound Builder nest reported measured 60 feet across! The eggs are oriented so that the young are facing upwards so they can burrow straight up to the surface after hatching. They have a long incubation period, so the young are so advanced that they can fly within hours of hatching! Now is that weird, or is that weird? aranoid:

Rodney, that is a great picture - is he contemplating you or your yard? :G
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And another new thing learned :idea:.

Thanks Penolta,

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Wow! The things you learn around here - I would have never dreamed that a bird would figure all that out (having dealt with muck piles before, I can attest to the heat aspect). Thanks for posting the information, nature is truly a fascinating subject.
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I hope he is contemplating my yard and not me
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Old Sep 5, 2007, 6:34 AM   #15
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with this claws
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Old Sep 5, 2007, 6:51 AM   #16
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a neat set of photos
the bush turkey is great
one of Australias real characters
the claws sure look mean
but dont compare to a cassowary
how about a photo of those claws
close up, you must hace one around somewhere
lol

its spring over here too and my acacias are well and truley in flower
acacia saligna

what wildflowers have you got in flower??

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the claws sure look mean
but dont compare to a cassowary
how about a photo of those claws
close up, you must hace one around somewhere
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Mega + podium = great (large) foot. The Brush Turkey's claws are great for raking up leaves, but you are right - the Cassowary's foot is a lethal weapon. If nobody else can put up a picture, I'll see if I can scare up an oldslide taken in a zoo and digitize it for you.
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Nice series I like all of them real gooood

TOTALLY WACKY roger

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