birding-aus Looking for specialists of Lyrebirds & Black Swans

Subject: birding-aus Looking for specialists of Lyrebirds & Black Swans
From: Margaret Cameron <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 09:17:28 +1100
Maybe someone can help her?


>Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 16:28:30 +0000
>Subject: Looking for specialists of Lyrebirds & Black Swans
>From: "Anne Labro" <>
>Anne Labro
>Saint-Thomas Production
>To the attention of Margaret Cameron,
>Dear Margaret ,
>I am writing from Saint Thomas Productions, a French Wildlife documentary
>production company.
>We are currently working on a film about homosexual behavior in animals
>including same-sex parenting, affection, mounting, courtship, pair-bonds...
>We are particularly interested in Superb Lyrebirds.  I am seeking some
>specific information regarding these birds.  We would like to get in contact
>with a scientist currently working with these animals in the wild, or a
>specialist who has recently done some research who could answer some of our
>questions.  We would like to know which is the best place to film them in
>the wild, and if this location would be accessible for filming.
>Lyrebirds mâles apparently court younger males during the courtship display
>that can lead to homosexual
>mountings. It appears they can form stable, long-lasting homosexual pairs.
>Have you witnessed this type of behavior?  Would you consider it to be
>frequent?  What would be ideal is to find out if there is a particular
>season, perhaps mating season, when this behavior is more frequent or most
>likely to take place, and when this mating season takes place.  But the main
>thing is the location of Black Swans in the wild.  It appears they can be
>found near Lake George and Lake Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia and in
>captivity at the Division of Wildlife Research, Canberra, Australia. What
>would you recommend?
>We are doing some research as well on Black Swans and Gulls (especially
>Silver Gull).
>Apparently,  mâles form as well long-lasting  pairs and fiercly defend
>territories together. They are known to steal eggs from heterosexual pairs,
>and raise them with great success together.  Homosexual behavior in Black
>Swans  and Gulls (especially Gull Silver) is considered to take place rather
>I would be ever so grateful for any information you could give me
>(especially a season and a location) which could help us advance in our
>documentary.  If you do not personnally have the informations, could you
>perhaps give me the contact of someone who might?  I thank you in advance
>for your help and expertise.
>Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
>Best regards,
>Anne Labro
>Saint Thomas Productions (France)
>E-Mail : 
>Tel : +33 1 46 10 56 20
>Fax : + 33 1 46 10 56 21
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