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 image by Bee Elle (@bee.elle.wildlife) with caption : "One of the best mimics in the world

The amazing superb lyrebird can mimic a whole variety of natural and man-made sound" - 2002251906537435016
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One of the best mimics in the world The amazing superb lyrebird can mimic a whole variety of natural and man-made sounds to mark their territory or to attract mates. From the calls of many different bird species, including eastern whip birds, king parrots, currawongs, yellow-tailed cockatoos and to a kookaburra’s laugh- and with such accuracy, that studies have found that their calls can even fool birds of that species. They can also mimic phone ring tones, car alarms, construction equipment such as chainsaws, and sometimes even humans. Their complex voice box, the syrinx, is positioned at the base of the trachea and forks out into both bronchii that leads into the lungs, which means they can produce more than one sound at the same time, and with a stereo effect; the flexibility of the syrinx also allows them to produce a wide range of vibrations and sounds. Up to 80% of its songs consist of mimicked sounds picked up over the course of its lifetime. This one here that I came across in the undergrowth, however, was quite silent- but it would be interesting if he later mimicked the sound of my camera’s shutter to an unsuspecting mate later in his life. Such an incredibly, incredibly fascinating bird. Here’s to the lyrebird. You’re on our 10c coin, and a wonderful national treasure indeed.✨ 🔎Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) 📍Sherbrooke Forest

 image by Bee Elle (@bee.elle.wildlife) with caption : "Pacific Black, you’re one pretty duck.

Duck shooting season began yesterday. 
63 days of state-sanctioned killing to go" - 2001550846315356070
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Pacific Black, you’re one pretty duck. Duck shooting season began yesterday. 63 days of state-sanctioned killing to go. . . . Nearly 400,000 ducks were hunted in Victoria alone last year. . . .

 image by Bee Elle (@bee.elle.wildlife) with caption : "It’s Duck Season in Australia and it officially starts today.

Over the next few months, hunters with a penchant for sho" - 2000459325272762994
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It’s Duck Season in Australia and it officially starts today. Over the next few months, hunters with a penchant for shooting live creatures for recreation will head to peaceful wetland areas with a goal in mind- shoot to kill. Armed with shotgun cartridges, a bird caller, a bird lure to float on the water and a ‘finisher’- to kill it if it doesn’t die straight away- the hunter is ready for the season. And soon enough, the peace will be disturbed with the firing of bullets loaded with gunpowder and murderous intent. What’s worse is that the spray of shotgun pellets means a higher likelihood of injuring of other birds. With a lifeless duck held by its legs and falling limply by the side of the hunter’s and a smoking gun on the other side- it would seem a very hard ‘sport’ indeed to show good sportsmanship. After all, your opponent was defenceless and is now dead. With a triumphant smile, the lingering smoke of the freshly fired ammunition permeating through the reeds, congratulatory beers with a few good laughs waiting to be had back at camp- it all seems so dark and strange, like something out of novel, or an old history book; a horror story. Yet it all falls under the regulations of the Game Management Authority. Trouble is, it’s difficult to measure compliance with the rules- footage has revealed ducks that are maimed, injured and left to die. In Victoria’s north, 200 dead ducks were found dumped in a pit, a likely indicator that hunters were shooting above their daily limit. Most recently, the endangered freckled duck was found shot dead. Nearly 400,000 ducks were hunted in Victoria alone last year. It’s already been banned in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. While I’m sure duck hunting will die out one day, just like trophy hunting, in 2019, it still continues. @danielandrewsMP Please act to stop this carnage. 🔎Pacific Black (anas superciliosa) 📍Upwey, Victoria