birding-aus Kinglake Lyrebirds

Subject: birding-aus Kinglake Lyrebirds
From: "P. Scott Chandry" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 10:56:16 +1000
Greetings all,

I spent Sunday trying to get a decent recording of Lyrebird calls at
Kinglake National Park (just north of Melbourne).  This is a super reliable
spot and the Lyrebirds cooperated to the fullest with lots of calling and
several doing the whole "song and dance" routine.  A minimum of ten
individuals were observed the majority of which were males.  It's a pity
that passing aircraft, cars and people weren't quite so cooperative with my
recording.  I'll have to find somewhere a little more secluded next time.
During the day I observed a couple of species at Kinglake that I hadn't
seen there before including Cresent Honeyeater and Olive Whistler.
Everything else seen on the day was very common.

BTW:  While listening carefully to the calls there was one that I was
unable to figure out what was being mimiced.  It sounded like a rapidly
repeated thumping noise (very similar to a speeded-up version of an
American Bittern call - not that that helps).  I know that seveal of the
calls are Lyrebird specific not mimicing anything.  And don't worry, I
won't try to flood the list with a wav file attachment.  If anyone can
hazard a quess or is familiar with this sound (unlikely with the sketchy
description offered above) please let me know.

P. Scott Chandry

some of the others seen:
Brown Thornbill
Eastern Spinebill
Crimson Rosella
WB Scrubwren
SC Cockatoo
Gang Gang cockatoo
Grey Fantail
Grey Shrike-thrush
and numerous suburban regulars
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