About Lyrebirds at "the big hole"

Subject: About Lyrebirds at "the big hole"
From: Nick Payne <>
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2010 04:50:46 +1000
On 06/09/10 23:09, Philip Veerman wrote:
Recently someone sent in a photo of a lyrebird's nest very exposed on a rock ledge. Last night I was looking through the Canberra Times (that I obtain sometimes on Saturday but it takes a month or two to get through them). The Panorama insert of 31 July 2010 page 47 has a long description (and one little photo) describing the long history (going back to 1980) of observations of one Superb Lyrebird (or it may be more) that likes to live deep in "the big hole" near Captains Flat.
It was I who recently sent in the photo of the exposed lyrebird's nest - I stopped and had another look at it when I was cycling up Mt Macdonald last week, and the nest has fallen into some disrepair, so I don't think it's in use.

Back in the late 1980s, on a mountain bike ride past the big hole, I can remember watching a lyrebird start from somewhere near the bottom of the hole and run in an ascending spiral around the walls, eventually emerging at the top about fifteen metres away from us. It didn't really take any notice of us at all, just walked off slowly into the bush.

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