Emus and Pines

To: Geoff Ryan <>
Subject: Emus and Pines
From: David Clark <>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:19:50 +0000

Emus are quite common in the coastal area west of Portland right through to
the Murray mouth.  However, I suspect that the pines (and they are *Pinus
radiata*) are only used as a refuge.  The generally wide areas between the
plantations and roads provide forage but there would be slim pickings for
emus in the plantations themselves.

Southwestern Victoria has many attractions and Nelson is on my list of
places to re-visit.



On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 9:23 AM, Geoff Ryan <> wrote:

> Staying at Nelson, Vict for a few days. Quite surprised yesterday whilst
> driving through pine forests (not sure if P.radiata) just east of Nelson to
> see 3 different groups of emus (2, 3 and 5 birds) feeding in the cleared
> area between the pines and the road and slipping into the pine forest when
> we approached. I didn't think there would be emus in this country and most
> surprised to see them living in pines. I am not suggesting that pine
> plantations might be the saviour of our endangered coastal emus south of
> Yamba, however...
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