Yeah, g'day Russell,
Greg Clancy will be the best person to respond to your sighting of an Emu at
Corindi, and the southern range of Yuraygir National Park. Our southern-most
sighting years ago was still north of the Red Rock River but that is not far
north of Corindi.
In the northern part of their range, they move from the Yuraygir National Park
coast as far west as the Pacific Highway and Clarence River, but our
observations for the last eight months have been well down. Normally we would
see them quite regularly along the Sandon Road and the Brooms Head Road into
Maclean. This year, we have seen about five in just a couple of groups and
there seems to have been a sudden drop in numbers.
On the Brooms Head road one particular cane farm that was regularly frequented
has been lost to them as a result of fencing, and I suspect that increased
habitation and fencing has contributed to the reduced number of sightings.
Hopefully they have retreated into the bush.
Road kill has been an ongoing problem. The reconstruction of the Pacific
Highway (route not as yet settled) threatens to cut them off from the western
part of their range.
Peter and Bev Morgan
The conservation battle is never finally won; the development battle is.
> On 17 Jun 2014, at 11:21 pm, Russell Woodford <> wrote:
> 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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