Re: birding-aus emus in wet forest

Subject: Re: birding-aus emus in wet forest
From: "Peter Menkhorst"<>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 16:27:53 +1000

On two occasions now I've encountered
emus in very wet sclerophyll forest in far north East Gippsland, just south
of Bendoc on the edge of the Errinundra Plateau.
On both occasions they've burst out the forest (a typical dense tree fern
understorey south-eastern montane forest, dominated by E. denticulata and
fastigata from memory), onto the road and disappeared back into it.
It's unique in my experience; any other similar obs or comments?

Emus are widespread in the Victorian high country, although usually in more
open sub-alpine woodlands, rather than the tall wet forest that you
describe. However, I have certainly recorded Emus in quite dense forest,
for example on the Nuniong Plateau. It is somewhat alarming to see them
crash into the thick undergrowth when disturbed by one's vehicle - perhaps
they will evolve a casque like a Cassowary!


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