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Southern Emu-wren

I spent the day chasing Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters mostly. They're in breeding mode. While I was in amongst the heath I heard an Emu-wren call and I spotted this guy. He was accompanied by a female. Unfortunately they both scooted.


Part of the Honeyeater's courtship involves a display flight. It's quite spectacular being in amongst the heath when the birds shoot straight up into the air above you. Of course they're calling during the display. Look at me!


Also there were loads of New Holland Honeyeaters about busily gathering up beak fulls of insects to feed to young.


Scientific name: Stipiturus malachurus

Sex: Male

Location: Royal National Park, Sydney, Australia.

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Taken on August 7, 2011