Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 302 - Emu

The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is Australia's second largest bird, standing between 1.5 and 2m tall and weighing in at 26-50kg!  By any standards that's a large bird.

Being a flightless bird it can run at about 50km per hour and is a surprisingly good swimmer.  (The bit about swimming is taken from the books, not my own observation).

These birds were in a damp paddock near Halls Gaps, and being an inquisitive sort of bird they eventually came so close to me that I could no longer focus the lens on them.

I rather like the two head only shots, not just because they are sharp, but because they include a fly in each picture!  In may even be the same fly!












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26 comments:

  1. This is a different kind of bird for you today. I love the profiles. They are so amusing to see. Nature is grand.

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  2. Hari OM
    Iconic...possibly trite, but true! YAM xx

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  3. Gorgeous Pictures, Stewart, especially the ones where they are walking through the tall grasses. As for the fly in the picture, either you are delusional or I am blind ... I starred at them for a long time and didn't see the fly. Apparently old poops need more specific information as to the whereabouts of said fly ... :) I am gradually getting deeper and deeper into our moving process. At some point I expect to be swallowed whole, so if I just disappear at some point, don't hold your breath ... I fully expect to come out at the other end in tack and maybe even with my brain back. Wish me well Stewart, this is truly a pain .. ... ... :)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  4. Such unusual birds. Great head shots!

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  5. I know what you mean about them being inquisitive. I was parked on a quite country road in NSW, barely more than a farm track really, and two of them came right up to my car and tried to poke their heads in through the window.

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  6. Lovely photos Stewart and a change to have a flightless bird. Love the headshots. These you say are inquisitive, is it the cassowary that is unfriendly! Hope you have a food week, Diane

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  7. ThAT SHOT WITH 2 HEADS IS CLASS STEWART/ Thanks for hosting and have a great wekk ahead

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  8. oh my one day you have the most beautiful birds full of vivid color and then you also have the most strange and weird birds in the world there.I think that you have a large island of the most strange and prehistoric birds there along with the most amazing and beautiful. There is no where on earth like where you are.

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  9. Hey Stewart..did you ever see my photo of an emu? I had it on the blog one time. It lives here in Canada. Near my sister in the next province over. I have no idea how it survives the winters...maybe they have a special indoor heated area for it. It is a rare sighting here let me tell ya......

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  10. Those head shots are amazing. Those eyes!

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  11. Hi Stewart, like BunbleVee I also posted about an Emu in my erstwhile home in the Free State. I loved this post of yours and love the last head shot. Thanks for hosting this meme. I'm hoping to be more regular if my internet allows. Greetings Jo

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  12. very nice shots.

    Not shy birds, then, huh.

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  13. Stewart, this bird is often the answer in crossword puzzles. Glad that now have a image to refer too. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I've seen these birds at a commercial Wild Animal Safari place in Oregon ... not quite wild, but at least not in a cage. It must be quite amazing to come across these guys out in the real world!

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  15. Awesome! One bird I'll see only in zoos.

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  16. Love the last two head shots and the two before those..They (the ones where the Emu is coming thru the weeds) look like oils or watercolors with the feather definition..great shots!!

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  17. I've only seen these in a zoo. Nice pictures!

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  18. Such a bizarre looking bird. I've often wondered how they've survived the passage of time.

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  19. I have to wonder what my domestic cat would think of such a bird!

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  20. Very unique, yet handsome. At least to me. Their bodies remind me of a teeter-totter.

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  21. The last time I saw one of these around here was never!
    Great photos Stewart! Love the close-ups of their heads.

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