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Photographer's Note

I live very near a forest where lyrebirds have their last abode and where they try to survive against human encroachment in the shape of their dogs and abandoned cats which prey upon these beautiful world mimics.

I have often walked along narrow forest tracks hoping to photograph a lyrebird. I could hear them in the forest but seldom saw one and if I did, the bird was too far in the undergrowth and in too dark an area.

On this occasion i was walking early in the morning in the Olinda Rhododendron Gardens with the ISO set to capture morning mist and early Autumn light. In other words, I was totally unprepared for the appearance of a lyrebird. Wrong setting and no time to change it as the bird dashed in front of me. Not a sharp shot but the only one I got of this bird.

I am posting this photo to show you the wonderful tail plumage which when fully spread, gives the bird its name. The two large side feathers form the "frame of the Lyre" and the silvery fine feathers "form the strings".

I was surprised to see how large were its feet. No wonder, as the undergrowth in a eucalyptus forest is full of large strips of bark, broken branches and leaves, all of which have to be pushed aside as the bird searches for grubs.

ChrisJ, jhm, ikeharel, papagolf21, pajaran has marked this note useful

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  • Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3580 W: 114 N: 6309] (28564)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2017-04-06
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2017-04-13 3:12
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