|Southern Emu-wren (male), Yambuk|
This has been a learning experience from scratch.
1st year - didn't know what was seen until checked photos (my gosh that tail)!
2nd year - expected to see them. 'Knew where to look but had fleeting contact with one bird only.
On this year's visit I was just about to declare a disappointing "dip" when I was alerted by a call and flutter of foliage. In the ensuing 20 minutes a family of 3-4 emu-wren tormented me (and I in turn probably tormented them!) as they moved largely unseen around the reeds and heath.
So I have learnt the following about Southern emu-wren:
- They are extremely difficult to photograph!
- They are quite happy to hang around the observer - however the only observations are of moving foliage!
- Noting sufficient discerning features for ID may take a while!
- On the ground or lower branches of heath, emu-wren are confident in their obscurity and may even approach (you just won't see them).
- A bird in flight may give quite a buzz! - just to see the bird in full view with it's ridiculous trailing tail! Of course too brief and too much head rush to contemplate even trying to photograph the thing.
- They seem unlikely to get more than 60cm off the ground (this may help me quickly sort out next time some of the 100+ fairy-wren sightings before the first emu-wren)
Anyway some pictures. I think I'm inclined to waffle more when the photos are lousy!....
|Show's over, I'm off! (It was a very brief show)|
|Another typically difficult view of a male bird. At least the tail feathers can be made out.|
|From what can be seen of this bird I think we may have female.|