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Lyrebird at Junction Hill

August 9, 2011


Our cameras, set up on a steep north-facing slope off Upper Ti-tree Road on Junction Hill north-east of Flowerdale, captured images of a Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae), as well as a wombat, echidna, wallaby, fox and rabbit. The lyrebird was somewhat of a surprise as the dense vegetation on the slope is dominated by Burgan (Kunzea ericoides), with some Long-leaf Box, Lightwood, Blackwood and Silver Wattle – perhaps not the usual wet forest habitat associated with lyrebirds. However, the ground has a good layer of leaf-litter and the slope leads to a densely vegetated creekline.

The landholder has previously found a display mound, but had never observed the bird itself. There have been several other reports of lyrebirds on Junction Hill in recent times, but it’s unclear if they were there prior to the 2009 fires.

The images may take a few moments to load. See also the previous post Lyrebirds at Kinglake West.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Gardiner permalink
    August 9, 2011 9:29 am

    Good news, if we keep it up we will have a biodiversity hotspot. In Pertg this week – ain’t no Lyre Birds on Rottnest.

  2. Susan permalink
    August 9, 2011 2:35 pm

    As Robert says- maybe we have a biodiversity hotspot – exciting news

  3. chris cobern permalink
    August 15, 2011 6:21 am

    Lyrebirds had been observed at the property prior to the 2009 fires.

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