Female Superb Lyrebird

While in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney on New Year's Eve, I spied this female Superb Lyrebird scratching around in the undergrowth.

Due to the foliage between her and I, I could not get a decent full bird shot, so this is as close as it gets on this one.

Lyrebirds tend to be rather secretive, so I consider myself fortunate to have not only seen this one but photographed it as well.

View all photos taken: Friday, 31st December 2010, This photo: 3:24pm

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  • looby88 said:
    seen lyrebirds and others such as bower birds on tv programmes, interesting birds, and one species ( I dont remember which ) it took the cameraman weeks to get decent footage of the male bird strutting his stuff.
    Quite a large eye, so I guess she inhabits darkish places ?
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/33085391@N00] The male is an incredible bird, quite the mimic when it comes to sounds. There's a very famous David Attenborough clip from Life of Birds showing it's amazing vocal range. www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y
    The female is less interesting, but still quite a find. What I'd really like to find though is the much rarer Albert's Lyrebird. For those you do really need a couple of weeks in the rainforest trying to track one down.
  • looby88 said:
    I remember that programme, David Attenborough has been doing interesting tv all my life it seems, and even though well into his 80's has no intention of stopping !
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/33085391@N00] BIG Attenborough fan here :) I just wish I had his budget to go travelling around photographing/filming things ;-)
  • Happy days 09 said:
    How lucky you are indeed to capture the shot, I keep getting out of focus shots of them or more of the foliage and less of the bird - another Attenborough fan here too he is such a wonderful and inspiring person, love his enthusiasm
  • Hsin Tai Liu said:
    Fantastic Image!!
  • AustralisWilds said:
    I've seen an Albert's in Lamington singing, although he wasn't displaying. It was on a very small track, not for walking, but made by one of the tour guides who works there exclusively for watching that particular one. Apparently that particular bird died just recently, but another one's taken up the same area, even though it hasn't been seen much at all yet, it's alot more shy. Still, I know you're in the Brisbane area, Dave, head down to O'Reilly's and ask for Glenn Threlfo, he's a wildlife photographer/cinematographer, first guy to get phootage of the Rufous Scrub-Bird.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/happydays_09] Thanks! Yes he's produced some amazing documentaries.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/hsintailiu] Thanks.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/49276292@N02] Yes I've heard that's where they're found, and have heard of Glenn too. I love Lamington NP, just find shooting in there somewhat challenging (not impossible, just a challenge).
  • looby88 said:
    David Attenboroughs budget comes from the licence fee that the British public have to pay out for, and then no doubt selling programmes on to other countries, we have a wealth of wildlife types over here, I expect theres a few who would happily take his place, last programme I watched of him - only a few months ago to celebrate umpteen years of broadcasting he was shinning up trees and doing all sorts of stuff. Like I said before he's in his eighties !!! I certainly wouldnt have liked going through some of the places he has been though, rain forests with high humidity, biting flies and leeches every where, yukky !
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/33085391@N00] Sounds like my backyard ;-)
    I still find it very odd that you have a tv licence over there. I mean, sure, tv rots your brain, and as such should have a degree of responsibility associated with the watching of it, but a licence just seems overkill ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    thats because the beeb ( BBC or Auntie Beeb ) doesnt do advertising, unlike the other channels, where often it has to be said the adverts can be the best on offer, but I get fed up of shampoo adverts, stupid perfume adverts at xmas etc. The bbc has to raise revenue somehow, for some TV its worth it, they do some stuff really well. Dont know any different so it doesnt bother me really
    ..... dont much like the sound of your backyard !! Mind you we still have to dredge out our pond, could be full of all manner of nasties !
  • leadegroot said:
    Our ABC doesn't do advertising either, but its funded directly by the government (ie taxes), rather than govt mucking around with the overhead of running a licence scheme.
    Some years ago it was estimated it cost 6 cents per person per year (or was it per day? Long time ago...)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/33085391@N00] We're quite grateful for the BBC down here, otherwise we'd never have got the likes of The Goodies, Blackadder or David Attenborough! However, I think your TV license scheme is just silly.
  • looby88 said:
    for 17 years hubby and I didnt have a tv, by choice, so we paid no licence, its bad enough paying for stuff you dont use anyway, ie libraries, at least if you have a tv you only pay if you have one ! It probably works out around £2.50 a week, 40 pence per day, if you are over 75 I think you dont pay. Its still cheap viewing.
    The Goodies were brilliant, they just had a show on the other day, interviewing the 3 goodies and showing clips, still excellent viewing. Did you ever see Red Dwarf, a low budget series if ever there was one, hubby likes Blackadder as well. I'm happy with the system but as thankfully its still okay to think what you like, feel free to think it/us as silly as you like !!!!
  • _Alienor_ said:
    I like this bird :)... he is cute and looks a bit funny ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/33085391@N00] But the Govt. has to police it, which in turn makes it more expensive to run the system in the long run.
    Red Dwarf was great, yes, low budget, but still very entertaining (except the 7th season where the Americans produced it - not the same).
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/laalam] Yes that she is.
  • Ross_M said:
    Wonderful find Dave. She's a plain Jane but interesting nontheless.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross_m] Indeed Ross. Must spend some time down at O'Reilly's in search of the Albert's Lyrebird at some stage.
  • rhyspope said:
    That is awesome mate! A really nice find indeed! And well taken of course... These things can be very elusive!