A chorus line of Albert's [SEQ]

To: Peter Shute <>,
Subject: A chorus line of Albert's [SEQ]
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:55:39 +1000
Hi Peter,

Lucky you! I can't comment on your question regarding the Alberts specifically, but I am currently doing some work on Superb Lyrebirds in the Blue Mountains, where we also have populations of tame birds in places they have a lot of contact with people, e.g. at Scenic World. I can say with confidence that these birds are not fed but they are habituated to tourists to the extent that they can be observed as closely as 2-4 metres without taking any notice of the observer. (It makes them truly amazing study subjects!)



At 4:23 PM +1000 6/9/10, Peter Shute wrote:

I was very pleased to see these birds so easily and so well, when it appears that a quick glimpse if anything is all one can normally expect. It's hard to say how many we saw, but it could have been up to five, depending on how much doubling back they did.

Is it possible that a local has been feeding them? The Superb Lyrebirds at Grants Picnic Area in Kallista, Vic, are fed, and will walk among people's legs at times. But Albert's are reputed to be much shier. Would they respond the same way?

Peter Shute

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