The Superb Lyrebird is as much a part of the forest as is the Mountain Ash, in fact they are inseparable, and both a vital part of the Heart of the Yarra Valley. To get these shots I have spent many hours in the realm of the Lyrebird, slowly following them watching them search in the undergrowth for food, with their powerful claws they can roll logs, rip large strips of bark from trees, move large quantities of soil and forest litter. I have found their nests carefully hidden in the undergrowth, or in the low fork of a tree or fern. The nest is a large ball of sticks lined with moss, feathers and the fibers from the trunks of the Soft Tree Fern. I have watched and listened to the male as he performs his elaborate courtship rituals, sometimes up on a high log or branch so his song echoes far through the forest. But the best of his dancing is saved for the mounds he clears in the tall bracken or another secluded spot. Here he sings, dancers and mimics all the birds and sounds of the forest, from the loudest Cockatoo, to the delicate sound of the small Wrens and Robins . Australia.

Thanks for dropping by my name is Donovan wilson I am a professional landscape and wildlife photographer based in Marysville Victoria I have always had a love of the Australian bush and I hope through these pagers you can see and feel my passion .

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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful bird and great shot .

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    How about SUPERB..nice work Don..

  • Thanks Mate they are that.

    – Donovan wilson

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdabout 3 years ago

    A wonderful capture and read. Well done Donovan.

  • Thanks David.

    – Donovan wilson

  • David  Piko
    David Pikoabout 3 years ago

    Very nice work Donovan – well done.

  • Thanks for dropping by.

    – Donovan wilson

  • athex
    athexabout 3 years ago

    Very nicely done

  • Thank you Athex.

    – Donovan wilson

  • Nick Skinner
    Nick Skinnerabout 3 years ago

    Great shot mate

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Image per day 2011/07/31

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 3 years ago

    Great capture, but Wilderness somewhere does not accept macros. Please put it in Image Writing group.

  • Australis
    Australisabout 3 years ago

    Saw a few of these magnificent birds recently,
    how do these critters toes stand up to the cold conditions of winter.
    Beautifully Captured.

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