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Taken last year near Hay NSW - these blokes are very inquisitive, and if you sit still in the bush, they will slowly approach and watch from behind a tree or such (bloody "stickybeaks"). If driving in the bush they are often seen "pacing" a car, and I think they can reach speeds of about 40 mph. They can also be very dangerous to humans if they are cornered or feel threatened - their feet have formidable claws. They can stand over 6' tall.

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:150-500
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:150mm
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Ol' Man Emu
Username:goso goso
Uploaded:10 Sep 2011 - 7:16 AM
Tags:General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:45

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footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 7:20 AM

Great shot,pin sharp,bad hair day?
Dennis

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 8:33 AM

Fabulous portrait of this formidable bird.

EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 9:06 AM

Great portrait. Thought for a second it was that famous Ugly Duckling!!

Ann

franken
franken e2 Member 123127 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 9:22 AM

Interesting image and story to go with it.

Ken

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 10:08 AM

Gorgeous comes to mind with this cutie ..
But respect also when I read your write up

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 10:22 AM

Love the eye...brilliant shot Bill
Lillian

Silverzone
10 Sep 2011 - 10:24 AM

Super capture. Nice to see the sunshine, I figure it has gone south for good now! Sylvia

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 10:27 AM

Love the eye

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 10:40 AM

Love the tuft of 'hair' a wonderful detailed image. Carole

Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 12:31 PM

Great close up of this ugly and threatening bugger Bill.
Gary

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 1:12 PM

Love this, the eye tells all, Watch out for me, buddy!

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 2:13 PM

A superb close-up, Bill, wonderful detail. Carol

SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 3:51 PM

A superb portrait, a great hairstyle, very well captured.
Steve.

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 3:53 PM

Wonderful shot Bill. I have to say he is seriously ugly !!!
Ron

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 8:19 PM

Dunno if you have Brillo pads in your neck of the woods Bill,but it looks like one here !!
A cracking shot.
But I hate to think where his head has been to look like this !!
Mick.

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 8:32 PM

sounds a scary bird Bill, glad we didnt meet up with one in the wild but visiting an Emu farm one reached over the fence and that was enough to frighten us half to death - good shot well detailed

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 10:38 PM

He's definitely a mean looking customer Bill, if you snapped him from close range you are a brave man! TV chatshow host Michael Parkinson can testify to the danger these birds pose, he was attacked by Emu live on national television. You may be able to watch what happened if you search for it on youtube!

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Sep 2011 - 10:44 PM

Here is the link to said incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsg0QvBnER8 Grin

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2011 - 1:15 AM

A great close-up Bill. He has quite the fuzzy head. .........Sandy

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2011 - 4:54 PM

Love the hairdo Bill and he's been mooching around in the dirt by the look of his beak Wink
Geoff.

bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2011 - 5:22 PM

Wonderful close-up Bill - dirty,scruffy beast - love it.
Brian.

Imagephotographics

Great capture Bill, and your right, they are not to be trusted, one nearly ate my lens once, so a lesson learned there, don't go so close again lol !

Chris

cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9885 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2011 - 8:04 PM

wow this is stunning the detail is superb
Neil

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2011 - 12:43 AM

A crackling portrait of this remarkable face.
Ronnie.

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2011 - 7:55 AM

Brilliant! Absolutly brilliant!
I love this ol' man!
Johanna

accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2012 - 5:17 PM

He's a beauty - excellent detail and expression here Bill.

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