Lyrebirds along the Murray

Subject: Lyrebirds along the Murray
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:59:15 +0800 (WST)
  One way in which a bird's corpse or feathers can end up a long way from
the place of death is on the bumper or bull-bar of car, truck or 4WD.

  This was the explanation suggested for the discovery (several years ago)
of a dead Pheasant Coucal in a gutter in Kalgoorlie. I once found a dead
Red-capped Robin in Greville St., Prahran, (Melbourne) with a lot of
long grass - there was more long grass festooned round a parked 4WD's

  I can imagine someone driving through suitable Lyrebird habitat, hitting
a Lyrebird and ending up at Barmah.

Anthea Fleming

> Thanks John. The closest Superb Lyrebird records to Barmah State Park are:
> * East: at the Eskdale Spur / Timber Reserve and near Lucyvale (both south
> of the Hume Reservoir).
> * South East: Mt Buffalo NP.
> * South: Mt Samaria SP and Powers Lookout SR, near Mansfield; and sites
> between Yea and Alexandra on the Goulburn River.
> In terms of a dead bird floating down stream from further up the Murray,
> anything is possible but extremely unlikely. Quite apart from the body
> deteriorating (which they do very quickly) I'd suggest that the Hume Res
> complex would stop it flowing down stream.
> Considering that the identification was based on a few tail feathers, and
> some associated feathers, I'd say that they probably belong to another
> species. For instance an Emu, a waterfowl i.e. Freckled Duck, or even a
> large hawk or owl, whose feathers look somewhat similar to Lyrebird
> feathers.
> It's a pity they didn't take some photos, it would have been a very
> interesting sighting. Good stuff.
> Tim Dolby
> -----Original Message-----
> From:  on behalf of John Boyce
> Sent: Wed 6/11/2008 5:11 PM
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> Cc: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Lyrebirds along the Murray
> Yes I thought the record seemed highly unusual. They are pretty
> confident on the identification and one of them has photographed many
> lyrebirds before around Kinglake and the Dandenongs so is reasonably
> sure of the ID. But it was not a live bird just tail feathers and some
> associated other feathers so could have come from somewhere else I guess
> and a you can never be sure of a second hand sighting. Unfortunately
> they didn't take a picture so I can't confirm the ID.
> John
>  wrote:
>> John Boyce wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Some friends just returned from a canoeing weekend along the Murray
>> around
>> Barmah and said that they had found a dead lyrebird by the river near
>> one
>> of their campsites. I was surprised to hear there were lyrebirds that
>> far
>> west along the Murray but some of the maps in my field guides suggest
>> that
>> they can maybe go even further. So are lyrebirds regularly reported in
>> this area and has anyone seen them any further west along the Murray?
>> John
>> there is no lyrebird population anywhere near Barmah - they do not
>> inhabit
>> River Red Gum Forest. My guess is that the nearest populations would be
>> in
>> the Mt Samaria State Park or thereabouts, about 140 km to the south-east
>> of Barmah on the north-western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Along
>> the Murray itself you would have to go upstream of Albury before finding
>> lyrebirds.
>> How sure are your friends of the identification? - hard to mistake a
>> lyrebird, but its a very odd record.
>> Peter Menkhorst
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