Re: birding-aus emus in wet forest

To: "Peter Menkhorst"<>,
Subject: Re: birding-aus emus in wet forest
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 1999 09:15:58 +1100 (EST)
Thanks Peter & Russell,

I was aware of emus in the more open high country - they used to be common
on the site of Canberra, and are still (just) present in subalpine
Kosciuszko. I'm glad I'm not the only one to have seen them in wet forest!

>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!

It had occurred to me that (in the unlikely event that any rainforest
survives our efforts) this population might indeed be the basis of a new
ratite species come the end of the current Ice Age!


Ian Fraser, Canberra  
Environment Tours; Vertego Environmental Writing Consultancy
GPO Box 3268, Canberra, ACT 2601
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