Saturday, 1 August 2015

Up Close and Personal!

We are currently in Kununurra in Western Australia (W.A)

Animals are amazing especially this Emu.  He was such a sticky beak, he poked his nose in peoples caravan doors, came ever so close when I took his photo, he nearly pecked the lens.  I was watchful in case he decided to lash out with his feet, thank good that didn't happen.
He knew when to come around, evening meal time and breakfast.

We came across the rather tame Emu whist staying in a Caravan Park up the middle of Australia, the people that own the property share a large piece of land with those that travel.  There was no power but water, the park was full. The water was bore water.



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  1. Margaret what a brave bird. It looks fantastic for me.Probablly he is waiting for meal

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    1. No doubt something to eat would have been welcome. Usually we don't feed our native birds tit bits..

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    1. Really :) I wasn't, if I had of been there wouldn't be a photo...

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  3. What a marvelous beast! Wonderful that you could get so close to the bird.

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    1. The Emu is on our Coat of Arms :). It was more like the emu getting close to me..but wonderful all the same..lovely birds.

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  4. When placed as close ,it is a good decision for taking photograph.

    Kisses

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    1. Yes it was a good decision, as soon as I saw the bird I got me camera..

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  5. I think that he is a very knowing and wise bird, he knows when he is on to a good thing.

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  6. Emus freak me out, and they do not taste good to me, neither. One of my younger brother's neighbors tried his hand at raising them several years ago, and when he found out that it was going to be a losing proposition, he turned them loose into the wild. Well, that evidently did not sit well with the Emus. For they did a considerable amount of damage and scared the dickens out of livestock and pets in the area. After catching one and failing to settle it down, my brother shot it. They finally threw out the meat after even their dogs would not eat it without getting sick. Enus oil is supposed to have some valuable properties, but it really stinks without being refined properly.

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    1. Interesting tale there Jerry...
      Here in Australia Emus are protected, however in some areas they are a nuisance so I'm told. Have heard about Emu Oil and many people swear by it, whatever works I expect.

      On Australia's Coat of Arms we have a Kangaroo and an Emu :) they hold the Shield with Pride.
      Both creatures are natives of Australia so we hold ourselves proud of both.

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    2. Good reply Margaret but I am LIVID with this comment.
      I wonder what J E B - Jeb Bush ??? - would say if Aussies
      started to shoot the Bald Eagle - the US symbol???
      And cooked to eat and then thrown to the dogs???
      An apology for this comment ( Jerry E. Beuterbaugh) would be in order.
      A furious and insulted Australian
      Colin

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    3. Alas, I just replied to the email Colin sent me, and now I would like to hopefully make it even more clear that my brother did not kill that emu for sport, which happened around 25 years ago. In fact, he is like me in that we never looked up hunting and fishing as sports. We hunted and fished to put more food on our dinner tables for both culinary and economic desires over the years--not to have something to brag about to our fellow hillbillys, who were also hunting and fishing for the same reasons as we were. Now, none of us had a problem with mounting trophies after the meat was removed to be personally consumed, but none of my people killed for a trophy to brag about. As I expressed in a comment left on another site, I would have all trophy hunters stuffed, if our Heavenly Father would let me have my way. The following link is to Adullamite's article: http://adullamite.blogspot.com/2015/07/lion-low.html

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  7. Yes Margaret - he/she is a bit close up and personal.
    People DON'T realise how dangerous even a friendly emu can be.
    We had them as pets when young but as soon as they showed any
    aggressive sign off to the mobs they would go. ( THESE WERE ORPHANED
    CHICKS).
    A rip with one leg would disembowel you ( like a kangaroo) and a peck
    would be bloody painful also.
    Any warning sign up regarding this emu and how to react?

    Great shot of Eddie or Edwina Emu.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Wise thing to do Colin if showing aggression, one can never be sure.
      No, not a sign up anywhere, it will take until someone gets hurt before that happens..
      Thanks re shot, I was lucky.

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  8. Love it.
    I remember seeing an emu take (and swallow) a man's watch at a barbecue. The man had a sausage sandwich. The emu wanted it. The man scoffed it, and pulled his hand away. The emu lunged, caught the expandible watch band with its beak and the watch was gone.
    Beautiful birds but they need to be treated with respect.

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    1. Good grief, guess the emu wanted that watch!
      I bet there are some frightening stories to be told of our native birds and animals..

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  9. I am never quite sure whether to be afraid or not when an emu is close by. It seems like I should exercise some caution. Great photo.

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    1. Thanks re photo..
      Caution is the key I expect. This emu was having a good time looking into people's vans...

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  10. Every now and then when I was young we'd pick up some emu eggs and make them into omelettes for breakfast. One egg could just about feed us all! ;-)

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    1. My goodness, one large egg then....bringing back memories.

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  11. I think 'tame' means the same thing as 'hungry'!!!

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  12. I always loved a piece of art at our Outback Steakhouse restaurants, entitled 'Emus are Masters of Disguise.' I've never been able to find it online, and emails to the chain never got a response. It was similar to this, and I'd love to find it/own it some day. I LOVE whimsical art:

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/b9/b4/d3/b9b4d3f99be67c2bb0cfce34b1183ade.jpg

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  13. That is lovely...sweet face :). Thanks for that link.

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  14. This is indeed up close and personal! I don't think I have ever seen an emu, but I have seen a couple of ostriches once many years ago. They are huge birds, and very fast and powerful, too! Great photo!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I don't know a thing about ostriches, will have to look the, up...

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  15. Emus can get very cheeky when there's food to be had. They can also get aggressive, just be a bit aware.
    I like the way their feathers part along their backs, almost like a hairdo.

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    1. I heard they can be aggressive at times...I don't think I will comes across another, but if I do I will take great care especially if it's a bit tame, as you never know..

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  16. Emu looks full of personality and audacity. He/she should have a name!

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    1. True. I suppose the people who own the property have a name for the Emu...no one asked.

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  17. I hadn't realized how dangerous they could be. You were very brave to get that shot!

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