Healesville sanctuary. A gravel path forms a twisty loop around more than 30 acres of pristine forest that displays 200-odd species of the Australian fauna. You can walk through most of the exhibits and literally share the same patch of ground or air with the animals, rather than be looking into a cage from the outside.
The lyrebird, called after the shape of its tail, which, when thrown over the head back-to-front, resembles the musical instrument of the same name.
The bird scrapes together a patch of soil, effectively creating an elevated platform that it can stand on as if it was a stage. With feathers and the tail stretched out, it then begins a virtuoso performance of imitating sound better than the best pop idol singer and changing tunes with the ease and frequency of the CD player. Kookaburras, Cockatoos, and other animals of the bush come to life at the ladybird’s will. His is a musical talent that even W.A. Mozart would have been jealous of.
Sign up to comment.
Sign in if you already did it.
Photo taken in Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Healesville VIC 3777, Australia
Misplaced? Suggest new location