Spot a Lyrebird
The Lyrebird Trail a short 2 kilometre walk from the Mountain Creek car park.
I did this walk in late October (mid spring) and did not sight a lyrebird. They are more likely to be seen in the winter months and if you are especially fortunate you might find a male lyrebird on one of his many dancing mounds as he throws his tail over his head like a shimmering silver veil and puts on a dancing display as part of his courtship performance while all the time mimicking the sounds of numerous other birds.
Lyrebirds are also known to mimic cars and chainsaws though I don’t know if these sounds often form part of the courtship repertory.
I think I heard a lyrebird rehearsing for next winter but not being a twitcher or having a finely tuned ear I cannot be sure.
The dancing display is not in itself intended to woo a female but rather send the message that the male is a survivor having lived long enough to learn the calls of other birds and, as such, is a worthy partner should the listening female desire a strong successful chick.
Once mating has been completed the male moves on and takes no part in building the large stick nest or the raising of the chick (only a single fertilised egg is laid).
The walk is graded moderate though I feel it is at the easier end of moderate. It is, lyrebirds aside, a pleasant walk though fern filled gullies and more open forest with reasonable mountain views. One of those walks on which you meander along chatting to a friend – not to say that’s not possible on any walk! That said, I recommend you combine this walk with the adjacent Cascades Trail making a combined walk of just over three kilometres. Then a pleasant stroll becomes a much more interesting and in fact great walk. If doing both walks, start with the Cascades Trail and then merge into the Lyrebird Trail. See my separate review of the Cascades Trail.
This is walk 14 on the Discover Tidbinbilla guide which you can download or pick up from the visitors centre as you enter the Reserve.
Lest you wonder what a lyrebird looks like, depicted below is a Superb Lyrebird dancing on courtship its mound in the Dandenong Ranges National Park (Victoria, Australia)- Photo from Wikipedia with attribution to Fir0002/Flagstaffotos.
For details on park entrance fees and other general information about the Reserve and links to other walks see my introductory Tidbinbilla review.
Address: Paddy’s River Road, via Cotter Road (Weston Creek
Directions: Follow Tourist Route 5 from Canberra.
This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries on Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. To continue with my next entry chick HERE.
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