Emus are the largest Australian bird, reaching up to two metres in height. Normally they are not seen on the east coast, but almost twenty years ago a wealthy businessman who developed a showy retreat island near Tuross introduced some Western Australian birds to his island. He thought they would look grand decorating his lawns and landscaping on the 80 hectare Horse Island. Gradually the emus decided to move on, either swimming or wading to the mainland, where they began to flourish. Now emus are a common sight around Bodalla and Potato Point. After meeting a friend for a very delicious lunch at the Blue Earth Cafe in Bodalla, we drove out to Potato Point, and had our first close up experience with the now-local emus.
Like to know more? Read this story by James Woodford about the Horse Island emus.
8 thoughts on “Introducing Emus”
Two metres! I thought they were small versions of ostriches, I don’t think I’d like to get too close to one.
the young ones were curious and began walking across the road to me, i wonder if residents feed them? naturally i walked away back to the car, memories of childhood when i was told how dangerous emus can be!
What huge birds, and such tiny heads! They don’t look very approachable. 😉
as a child i was scared of the big emu in the little country zoo, the booming sound in the throat, the big bright eyes and very powerful beak …. shudder! …. even so i picked fresh green grass to see it eat … 🙂
Tuross looks a fabulous spot!
I think I would be very wary of the Emus – they are such strong powerful birds. And a good illustrative story about how mankind literally changes the flora and fauna!
What a big bird. Thanks for sharing.
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Reblogged this on MJ Springett and commented:
Introducing Christine from Australia, her photos of the local wildlife, flowers and local geology are not to be missed. thanks MJ