Event: emu mating-season in Western Australia
Area: 150 acres (my place); 1,000,000 sq. mls. (Western Australia)
It seems that mating-season has begun – well anyway, all the emus are behaving oddly:
Felicity has disappeared, as she did last season (for seven months). Eric and Mrs Eric, the breeding pair in residence, still come for their morning wheat; but they don’t seem to be concerned about defending the farmhouse-clearing. They are actually letting ‘foreign’ emus just walk up and eat figs!
Meanwhile, emus seem to be on the move, cruising around and around. Sites on the Net say that emus’ plumage changes at this time. I do think the birds seem darker and glossier.
Next should come ‘flocking up.’ I saw a flock of forty birds in a field last year; but at the same time, here at the farmhouse, I sometimes didn’t see an emu for several days. The Net says that females fight for mates, which would account for why Greedy is such a scruffy-looking person at this time of year. (She’s been gone for months. I hope she checks in later.)