Mimicry by Lyrebird

Subject: Mimicry by Lyrebird
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 08:50:05 -0400
to perpetuate the "myth" of lyrebirds mimcking human-made sounds ...
a couple of years back, my wife and i stood spellbound listening to a lyrebird 
not 5m away run through a medley of bird calls interspersed with a very 
unnatural sound remarkably like someone hammering a downpipe or sheet of metal. 
this was much louder than the mimicked calls. 
it repeated the sequence a few times.
this was at kelly's falls near helensburgh on the fringes of the Royal NP south 
of sydney. 
just a short distance away over the fence was, unfortunately, a new housing 
estate still in the building stage.
i'm no expert but draw your own conclusions.
near queen mary falls up here in qld, i have also listened to a few very 
elusive alberts at frustratingly close quarters for extended periods and not 
picked any obvious mimicry of birds or anything else, but unearthly sounds all 
the same.   
nb omission of capital letters etc is deliberate.
; )
shane b
ascot q 
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