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Nightwalker
15-03-2007, 07:22
Video of a truly amazing bird.. Lyre Bird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuFyqzerHS8

hammock monkey
15-03-2007, 11:48
if thats the attenborough life of birds footage its probably the most amazing spectacle in nature - definately one of them anyway.

What really blew my mind was the fact that the bird had the reverb of the distant chainsaws perfectly duplicated...i still can hardly get my head round that.
the brain generally doesnt hear sound that way in the real world...it uses reverberation as a means of placement generally - not as a sound in its own right. its kind of like the data part of a digi audio stream, a seperate packet to the actual noise. the brain re-assembles the noise without the reverb so you'll recognise it up close.

its absolutely one of the greatest sights / sounds in nature to me. i would LOVE to see one in the flesh

Galemys
15-03-2007, 12:58
Video of a truly amazing bird.. Lyre Bird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuFyqzerHS8

Nice Nightwalker!

A website accompanying a quite interesting book, combining science, poetry and music to try and understand birdsong:

http://www.whybirdssing.com/

The book includes the story of a population of lyrebirds that still mimick a popular song from the 1930's when a lyrebird held as a pet bird heard the song playing on the radio. After the bird was set free, the song continued to be part of the repertoire of the resident population.

Tom

Nightwalker
15-03-2007, 16:41
No way, thats amazing!! :o

Yeah if you read the comments on my youtube video of the Lyre Bird there are some stories in there too. I believe one person talks about a relative who lived in Australia and ran worried into a nearby wood concerned someone had ditched a baby in there, he could hear a perfect crying baby in the woods, was a Lyre Bird! :lmao:

redcollective
15-03-2007, 16:56
If I remember that footage correctly it's of the Superb Lyrebird. I've seen and heard the Albert's lyrebirds (not sure what the correct name for them is) in the state forest near where I grew up in northern New South Wales. Apart from imitating just about every other birdsong around the only 'unnatural' sounds they made was car alarms (twigs and branches falling from trees onto car roofs in the carpark!). Wonderful stuff.





No way, thats amazing!! :o

Yeah if you read the comments on my youtube video of the Lyre Bird there are some stories in there too. I believe one person talks about a relative who lived in Australia and ran worried into a nearby wood concerned someone had ditched a baby in there, he could hear a perfect crying baby in the woods, was a Lyre Bird! :lmao:

Apac
15-03-2007, 17:22
i remember watching this on the bbc and telling a few people, they actually though i was telling porkies about the chainsaw part.. really amazing bird.. good job austraila doesnt allow export of ther native creatures, i would imagain alot of people would love to keep one of these caged up as a party piece! :(

Spikey DaPikey
15-03-2007, 17:32
can you imagine pitching next to that, and trying to sleep !! More so when the chainsaw noise starts :eek:

woodwalker
15-03-2007, 18:12
That is absolutely incredible, thanks so much for sharing that.

:You_Rock_

woodwalker

Axe Catcher
15-03-2007, 20:28
Video of a truly amazing bird.. Lyre Bird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuFyqzerHS8

We saw the programme it featured on and it was quite amazing, what a way to enhance your own performance!! :)

Thanks for the link, I can show it to my dad, he didn't believe me when I told him about it .

AC

Nightwalker
16-03-2007, 09:49
I'll be researching where else the Lyre Bird can be found, wikipedia is always a great resource, I'll be reading this in a mo:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyre_bird

Feral
16-03-2007, 12:47
I have them nesting in my backyard. They are everywhere down here. We don't get them imitating many man made noises, just mainly other varieties of birds. But their feeding habits can very destructive, we have no topsoil left down the back of the property because of their scratching. Mind you they are magnificent birds.

swagman
17-03-2007, 06:16
I'll be researching where else the Lyre Bird can be found, wikipedia is always a great resource, I'll be reading this in a mo:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyre_bird

We get them down here in Tasmania i saw one last monday (well for about 3 seconds as it ran across the road).