A bird not actually seen

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Subject: A bird not actually seen
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2010 14:22:14 +1000
Hello Geoffrey. I am certainly no expert, but until one comes along I'll offer the following. I'm sure you're right about the Malleefowl tracks - they're always very much one-in-front-of-the-other, like a pigeon, but bigger of course. It looks as though he's dug out the egg chamber and started to fill it; she should be laying in the next couple of weeks or so.

The dog/fox tracks aren't so clear. What we want to see is the fifth, rear pad, and I can't readily make that out. In a fox it is substantially behind the two outer pads; in a dog or dingo it is up between them. The gap between the four front pads in your photo appears quite large, and on the basis of that I'd go for a fox.

over to an expert now!



On 4/09/2010 13:15, Geoffrey Dabb wrote:

Time for another wet-weather story perhaps.  At Turlee Station last week the location of a malleefowl nest was indicated to me.  Despite a few early morning sorties to the spot I never actually sighted the bird.  However, the mound had all the appearance of being currently worked.  One morning nearby I found fresh tracks that seemed to me could only have been made by a malleefowl.  Just a couple of metres away were other tracks that seemed to me rather foxlike.  If so, the prospects for a successful breeding might not be good.  Perhaps a track expert out there can confirm my suspicions, or otherwise.





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