Swimming Emu

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Subject: Swimming Emu
From: "A.J.& L.Bloom" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 14:12:22 +1000
Talking about your swimming Emu David, I received this message in a similar vein a few months ago from a birding friend from Cape Town South Africa.
Lorna Bloom
I took a visiting overseas birder to the WC National Park on Wednesday.
As we approached Geelbek, I asked:

"Did you know that we have the world's largest wader in this park?"
"Oh?" says he, sounding surprised.
"Uh huh" say I, confidently. "Look ..."
Ahead of us were the usual short-legged waders (Curlew Sandpipers
etc), then a little deeper the slightly longer-legged chaps like
the Grey Plovers, and even deeper, the Whimbrels. A good 50
metres deeper, wading up to their knees in the channel between
the sandbanks, were two Ostrich!!!

It was a most curious sight. We suspect that the female Ostrich
was doing her best to shake off the exceedingly pesky male and
had thought a little dip would discourage him (not at all, I'm
afraid). It wasn't easy going, and they looked quite
uncomfortable as they plodded through the increasingly sinky
sand. They had short pauses to get their breath back before
pressing on. It took them about 20 minutes to do a big arc in
front of the hide - upon reaching solid ground they once again
broke into fast pace and disappeared into the distance.

Most entertaining, and I'm sure my visitor will enjoy relating
this tale to his fellow Scottish birders!
Sally Adam
Cape Town

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