Hattah-Kulkyne Mallee Emu-wren

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Subject: Hattah-Kulkyne Mallee Emu-wren
From: "Michael J Hunter" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 23:20:56 +1000
  At about 7.00am, Sat. Sept.28th, 9.6km up the first turnoff left 1.0km
from  the entry into Hattah-Kulkyne NP, about 6km east of "Hattah", (a
roadside store), along the Hattah-Robinvale Rd. we saw a pair of Mallee
Emu-wrens in spinifex on top of a small rise about 50 m off to the right ,
among scattered mallee.
  What could have been a grasshopper seen out of the corner of an eye
diasappearing into a clump of spinifex turned out to be a female Mallee
Emu-wren whose curiosity brought her and her mate to closer than focussing
distance in response to "air-kissing".
  Delicate little mites they were too, with noticably short tails compared
to Rufous-crowned and Southern Emu-wrens.
                                         Michael & Penny Hunter

Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge

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