Albert's Lyrebird, Mt Tamborine

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Subject: Albert's Lyrebird, Mt Tamborine
From: Andrew Stafford <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 01:35:15 +1000
In over 20 years living in Brisbane, I have never had the privilege of seeing 
an Albert's Lyrebird in full display. I'd come close several times - to the 
point of seeing the tips of quivering tail-feathers - but while it's easy 
enough to bump into AL's wandering around the tracks of Lamington, and they are 
as vocal as their southern cousins, they are notoriously shy and hard to 
approach when in display.

Yesterday (Tuesday) I got seriously lucky. After a business engagement on the 
Gold Coast, I decided to head up to Mt Tamborine for a short walk. I was 
treated to watching a male Albert's singing his heart out from a trampled 
platform of vine stems - exactly how the guides always described! - for a full 
five minutes, from a distance of about 25 metres. After a time I was able to 
approach (very, very quietly) to around 15 metres, but unfortunately I 
disturbed him when I got tangled up in a wait-a-while, and he vamoosed.

Nonetheless it was a thrilling encounter. I doubt any Australian birds have got 
the proverbial "wow" factor of a lyrebird in full song - anytime you're 
fortunate enough to encounter one is invariably a jaw-dropping experience.



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