Tuesday, 5 June 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Emu

The first time you see one you cannot help but be struck how big Emus are.  The largest females stand almost 2 m tall.  They are flightless but can run really, really quickly.  There used to be sub-species of these birds on many of the larger Australian Islands – but they have gone the way of the Dodo.
The photographs of the single birds were taken in the Grampians National Park, the group shot at Wilsons Prom and the close up at Healsville Sanctuary.
One of the things that interest me about these birds is the window they give into the past.  It was not all that long ago that huge birds like this were common in New Zealand – the Moa.  When you see the substantial “drum sticks” on Emus you can understand why people ate the Moa into extinction.  But when you see a flock of Emus charging through the landscape you can help but wonder what a landscape dominated by similar birds would be like.
You can find more birds at the eminently sensibly named World Bird Wednesday.
You can find the latest post to my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen.
Enjoy the birds.



31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they are such crazy looking birds! we have a farm near here that raises them.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show of emus. I've seen them in Haunstrup ZOO, and heard them "speak" sounds that sounds like a bass drum. Hanne Bente

heyBJK said...

Cool looking birds! I've only seen them in zoos, but they're fun to watch.

Karen said...

Prehistoric looking birds! I liked to watch them run wild in SA. We have emu farms here in Canada, but knowing their fate, I can't bring myself to snap pics of them.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures of the emus, Stewart! I've only seen them in zoos! It must be wonderful seeing them like this! But unfortunately, they're an endangered species like so many others! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Gattina said...

That's really a giant !

Hilary said...

They are indeed nifty birds. Your photos are wonderful.

NixBlog said...

Nice captures, Stewart.

NatureStop said...

Great shots of the Emu!!Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Shantana

bettyl said...

It would be so cool to be among the larger birds. Your photos are wonderful!

Gary said...

You're not going to believe this, but Emus were brought into S. Ontario as an alternative to turkeys. The plan like the Emu didn't fly. Again that's where I saw there guys up close. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Nadege, said...

They are such amazing looking birds.

Carletta said...

Wonderful shots Stewart!
I especially like the face closeup.
This reminds me of one on a farm not far from here that we saw a couple of winters ago. I should go by and see it it's still there.

eileeninmd said...

They are cool looking birds, great shots.

bailey-road.com said...

I love that closeup head shot! They are fascinating birds.

Carole M. said...

lovely photos of our emus Stewart. I saw some in the wild between home and Broken Hill but the coach didn't stop for pics :(. Interesting to learn that the male takes care of the chicks while Mum goes and does her own thing.

Windsmoke. said...

One day while walking through the Melbourne Zoo i actually seen a Emu pluck a lighted cigarette from someones hand and take off with it, what happened after that i've no idea :-).

mick said...

Great photos - I think it would have been fun to be around before all those extinctions took place.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I really enjoyed these. We have them at the petting zoo, as well as out large zoo, but I have never seen them doing anything other than standing, or walking about. Love seeing them right where they belong;')~

Linda said...

They are interesting looking birds! I have seen them in farms in my travels, but never in the wild. I think they would frighten me to death!

Debbie said...

i visit a farm with emu's, not too far from my home, i think they are very cool and oh so cute!!

your images are really good, portraying their entertaining personality!!

they are fun to watch!!

ladyfi said...

These shots are great fun!

Hilke Breder said...

Strange looking birds, Stewart! I wonder what those fluffy feathers supposed to do, protect against heat or keep the birds warm in the cold?

Postcards from Wildwood said...

I don't think I had appreciated quite how tall they are. Lovely pictures.

CameraCruise said...

Great shots of the cool looking birds.
I especially like the close up of the adorable face.

Springman said...

Wow Stewart, I wish I had had these photos for my Terror bird rant. Emus are, as you say, a link to the past.
Wonderful post Sir!

darlin said...

These are huge birds, they amazed me when I seen them. I can't even imagine eating something this big, like the birds you mentioned in NZ, the size of the drumsticks would feed an entire family!

Have a g'day Stewart, cheers.

Eden said...

Beautiful photos. They are beautiful birds.

NatureFootstep said...

this is a very interesting bird. The way they put the legs when lying down really looks weird. But, I would love to see them.

Dave said...

looks like I will have to get on a plane to get these giants on my life list, failing that its off to Knowsley safari park..... not quite the same is it.

Great post Stuart

Amila Kanchana said...

Very interesting birds! I love Australia for it's very unique animals,Koala, Platypus,Roo,etc.