The Superb Lyrebird

Menura novaehollandiae
on the New South Wales south coast, Australia

My Personal Experiences


The Magnificant Male

Lyrebird hen experience

Fact not Fiction



Further hen photos 

Lyrebird nests

The Lyrebird hen feeding her chick

The Lyrebird hen protecting her chick

2008 Photos

July 2008 Observations

2008 Mounds

2009 Photos

Big Tree

Big Mound

Clay Mound

Pot Pond Left Mound

Unphotographable Mound (UPM) (2009)

2009 Slideshows

Taken with Canon G2 with a home-made remote control "iThumb" of 10 second intervals over 15 minutes.
Pot Pond Left Mound 
29th June 

Picasa Web Slideshow

More slideshows here

Some Lyrebird Movies
click on the Vimeo links:

Timelapse photography of 10 second intervals over 15 minutes from a 2 hour sequence.

Timelapse photography of 4 second intervals over 15 minutes from a 2.5 hour sequence.

Timelapse photography of ~ 6 second intervals over 41 minutes from a 8½ hour sequence

Timelapse photography of ~ 5 second intervals over 33 minutes from a 9 hour sequence (7:13 AM to 4:24 PM).

2010_07_07 dancing

Lure of the Lyrebird booklet

Lure of the Lyrebird

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Sound Recordings

Listen to the Sound Recordings

Some Technical Background

Equipment (Cameras, Movie Camera and Motion Detector)

Sound Recording of Lyrebirds

Time Lapse Photography of Lyrebird




GuestBooker 2.5

Some Web Pages

The Superb LyreBird _ Australian Museum


From wiki:

Mimicry"One researcher, Sydney Curtis, has recorded flute-like lyrebird calls in the vicinity of the New England National Park. Similarly, in 1969, a park ranger, Neville Fenton, recorded a lyrebird song, which resembled flute sounds, in the New England National Park, near Dorrigo in northern coastal New South Wales. After much detective work by Fenton, it was discovered that in the 1930s, a flute player living on a farm adjoining the park used to play tunes near his pet lyrebird. The lyrebird adopted the tunes into his repertoire, and retained them after release into the park. Neville Fenton forwarded a tape of his recording to Norman Robinson. Because a lyrebird is able to carry two tunes at the same time, Robinson filtered out one of the tunes and put it on the phonograph for the purposes of analysis. The song represents a modified version of two popular tunes in the 1930s: "The Keel Row" and "Mosquito's Dance". Musicologist David Rothenberg has endorsed this information."

Stamps http://www.bird-stamps.org/cspecies/12000200.htm 


David Attenborough's famous lyrebird on Youtube

"This is David Attenborough's rated number 1 TV moment. The amazing Lyre Bird with is superb sounds imitations! It is very real, and truly amazing. Research this bird anywhere on the net. This bird can imitate/mimic a Camera, Chainsaws & Car Alarms."

Bird in Backyards 

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