Emu at Corindi (NSW North Coast)

To: "Russell Woodford" <>, <>
Subject: Emu at Corindi (NSW North Coast)
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:58:14 +1000
Hi Russell,

The declining Coastal Emu population was, until few years ago, found as far south as Red Rock, just north of Corindi. Apparently domestic dogs killed the few birds that were south of the Corindi River and there have been no sighting there since. It would be great if what you saw were Emus but it is more likely that they were Eastern Grey Kangaroos, which are common in the area. Nevertheless it would be great if people travelling in that area could keep an eye open for Emus. The Coastal Emu used to be found west of the Pacific Highway in the Halfway Creek-Kungala area but appears to have died out there as well however an adult male with a group of juveniles was recently seen west of the new Glenugie section of the Pacific Highway upgrade. I am not aware of any farmed or pet Emus at Corindi.

An update on the threat to the Coastal Emu population in the Clarence Valley from the Pacific Highway Upgrade - the Department of Planning is still considering the large number of submissions received on the EIS. Most opposed the preferred route (which threatens the Coastal Emu and 80+ other threatened species) but the Roads and Maritime Services is a powerful body and usually gets what it wants so we are not hopeful of an outcome to favour the Emus.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960

-----Original Message----- From: Russell Woodford
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:21 PM
Subject: Emu at Corindi (NSW North Coast)

Hi everyone

I'm just going through my trip notes from the long weekend and I have a
query. I know there is a remnant population of Emu south of Brooms Head, in
or near Yuraygir National Park. Do these birds move out of the park?

I had a glimpse of what may have been 4 or 5 Emus in a paddock close to the
Corindi Beach turnoff. Yes - I can imagine what you're all saying - how can
ANYONE confuse an Emu with ANYTHING?!! Well, I didn't get a great look at
them, and I was driving on one of the last remaining sections of single
carriageway between Sydney and Brisbane. My initial response was EMU! But
the birds were obscured on a quick second and third glance and I didn't
dare risk any more looks. It wasn't the sort of place I wanted to pull

Has anyone else seen these birds? Are they wild, are they on a farm, or are
they kangaroos?!

Russell Woodford

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