The Sound of Music


(3 Nov. 2017) During a bush walk some years ago a very knowledgeable local birdo, Julie L., recognised each male Albert Lyrebird only by the call and location: “That is John, always very loud. And that, over there is Aynsley.”
Albert Lyrebird males are very territorial. Within the territories, the males create or use ‘display platforms’. They sing and dance in courtship on their pile of twigs to show off their dramatic plumage and voice to potential mates, of which the male lyrebird has several: up to eight females can be found breeding inside one territory. The female builds an untidy nest, usually low to the ground in a moist gully, where she lays a single egg. The egg is incubated over 50 days solely by the female, and the female also fosters the chick alone.
Of the two existing species of Lyrebirds – both Australian – the Albert Lyrebird (named in honour of Prince Albert) is found only in the rainforests of Northern NSW and the region around Tamborine Mountain. 3500 breeding adults remain; the species is considered ‘near threatened’, a slight improvement from earlier assessments.
They can easily live for about 30 years, maybe the result of singing and dancing during their entire lives. The songs are world-famous for mimicking a wide range of sounds, from other birds to koalas, and from chainsaws to car engines.
The most famous video recording of the Superb Lyrebird stands in the name of – who else? – Sir David Attenborough.
If you walk around the sport grounds you might hear the lyrebirds. This recording I made in June, but they can be heard year round. The best spot though to hear or see Albert Lyrebirds is probably Witches Falls NP, especially around sun rise.

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Technique
1920×1088, 25 frames/second, MOV file, hand held Canon 600D. For editing, only my original sounds and footage are used, completed with my own picture of a lyrebird…. taken in Currumbin Zoo.