Emus and Pines

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Subject: Emus and Pines
From: Chris Corben <>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2015 21:59:50 +0000
Well in southern Qld, you can get lots of bird in Pinus plantations if
an understory has developed well, which often happens along old drainage
lines and sometimes much more extensively.

But don't write it off too easily! I have found lots of Masked Owls in
older Pinus plantations. They seem to be residents there, and Barn Owls
can out number them at certain times (their numbers seem to fluctuate a
lot more).

But do be careful! Pinus plantations can be really boring! I still show
an injury where a famous birder hit me in the eyebrow with a Xanthorrhea
spear! Stupid things people get up to when the birding is slow....  And
yes, I was hardy blameless!

Cheers, Chris.

On 8/4/2015 4:45 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
> Are there any Australian birds that use pine plantations for anything other 
> than refuge? The few times I've bothered birding in them, birds have been 
> almost totally absent. I made a morning recording on one, and captured only 
> distant calls.
> Peter Shute
>> -----Original Message-----
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>>  On Behalf Of David Clark
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>> To: Geoff Ryan
>> Cc: birding-aus
>> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Emus and Pines
>> Geoff
>> 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.
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