Friday, June 28, 2013

Head in the Clouds

Well we have our baby Lu visiting us for a few days. (You may remember that when we moved north from Melbourne she stayed behind moving on campus at her University)

So today we went for a drive instead of working on the cottage.  We headed along the Waterfall Way (one of the local highways) before turning off to drive up to one of the highest places around here - the 1,564 m (5,131 ft) Point Lookout in the New England National Park.

In clear weather you can see around 100km (around 60 miles) right down the Bellinger Valley to the coast.
But as you can see it was raining. So all Lu got to see from the lookout itself was the clouds.

Truth be told of the dozen or so times I have been up there it has probably only been clear twice.

Moist air coming in from the coast is pushed up by the mountains and condenses in to rain.

So much rain that it nurtures a sub-alpine rainforest.

Given the wet and cold we didn't hang around long... but behind this mossy rock
we spied a critter

to be precise she (and I know she is a she) is a female Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae).
If you think she has a fancy tail it is nothing on her husbands!
Male Lyrebirds have a tail that is spectacular in its finery but perhaps more amazing they are fantastic mimics copying the sound of any thing from bird-song to the sound of a chainsaw. I once heard one making the sound of a camera shutter and film drive! 


mshatch said...

She's very pretty. I'll have to show my son her pic; he's a birder :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Welcome back to the Internet!

I've seen a couple lyrebirds in a zoo before, but would be totally psyched to see one in the wild! (You have some extraordinary wildlife there.)

I LOVED the sunrise pic in your last post. A beautiful shot.

Linda G. said...

Glad you got to spend some time with your "baby." They're always our babies, no matter how grown up they get, huh?

Beautiful lyrebird, too! Considering all the sounds they can mimic, are you sure it's not "liar-bird"?

Old Kitty said...

What a treat!! Well spotted and great shots! Lyrebirds are brilliant!!! But it's sort of sad when they start imitating sound of chainsaws cutting down trees near their habitat! (I saw a nature programme once about them and that was the latest sound they repeated!).

Take care