The flightless emu is native to Australia and is the second tallest bird in the world. Though not regularly seen in the wild, this one was sighted in Western Australia not far from the moonscape area of The Pinnacles. It seemed contented to stay near its waterhole. Despite their slightly bedraggled shaggy feathers, emus are powerful runners capable of deceptive speeds. Seeing a flock of emus running on the dusty outback ground is a spectacular sight.

The emu is one of two animals on the Australian coat of arms supporting the shield. Both animals are notable for the fact that they cannot walk backwards, symbolic for Australia’s forward progress.

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7 Responses to Photo of the Week – Emu (Australia)

  • eunice says:

    I still hope to visit W.A again, love the wildlife and nature. The Pinnacles would be a place I want to visit if I return to W.A again.

  • Quickroute says:

    Oz also has the casawary – an emu like bird although much more rare – I managed to sneak a peek on the north east coast

  • Mark H says:

    @eunice: The Pinnacle are well worth a visit (especially at sunset).

    @quickroute: Good score. I’ve never seen a cassowary in the wild though I’ve seen several in zoos. I might do a future photo of the week with the cassowary. I think they are related to the emu.

  • Lifecruiser Travel Blog says:

    I hope I get to see a flock of them some day…. *dreaming*

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  • Final_Transit says:

    Very interesting Mark, the ‘walking forward’ thing!

  • Debo Hobo says:

    The only thing I know about the Emu is that folks here in the states try to make millions farming and eating them. I’m glad that idea went bust.

  • Mark H says:

    @lifecruiser: Thanks for the invite. I’ll be there.

    @final_transit: Great symbolism by our forefathers.

    @debo_hobo: Farmers do here too selling feathers, leather and oil. I think the industry has faded and been fairly unsuccessful here too though I’m sure there are a few successes around. Emu Oil to solve nearly any medical issuewas the rage for a while but I haven’t seen it advertised for a fair while now.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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