An Eagle and an Emu

@MsTickle (24983)
Australia
March 4, 2016 7:54pm CST
I was driving into town the other day and up ahead I spied a largish bird which I thought was a crow. As I got closer it looked about as big as a rooster. I slowed to a stop with my mouth open as the bird stretched up to it's full height and spread it's wings and flew off. it was a huge and magnificent eagle which I'm lucky enough to see often. On the way home I stopped again for an emu to run across the road in front of me. He was running fast (they don't fly) and his big, sleek, shiny feathers glinted beautifully as they bounced as he ran. Life is grand.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 16
wow very cool, I have seen eagles, but never an emu. Yup we don't have those in the US
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
5 Mar 16
They are strange creatures. The Dad emu actually takes care of the young until they mature.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Mar 16
@MsTickle they are pretty big as well I have read.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Mar 16
j ove it @MsTickle an emu and an eagle I would loved to have seen them running and flying. I have never seen an emu in person. lol
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
5 Mar 16
They have big feet and they can run very fast. You expect them to open their wings and take off but of course they don't. Their wings are too small for the rest of them so they don't fly at all.
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• United States
16 Mar 16
It is so nice to hear about the fauna in different countries, an emu would not fare well here in my state
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
22 Apr 16
Yes, I like to read about other countries' fauna as well. Why would an emu not fare well in your state?
• United States
24 Apr 16
@MsTickle not enough safe vegetation to graze on without fearing for some dumb poacher to end its life for some monetary reason . . .
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
26 Apr 16
@enlightenedpsych2 Our native wildlife is protected and we don't have a problem with poachers. All the associated industries are carefully policed to the best of my knowledge.
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@kaka135 (14068)
• Malaysia
7 Mar 16
I always like to see the eagles. I don't think I have seen one so near. I only see them when they are flying in the sky, far away, not often too. Emu is cute! Good that where you live can see so many great animals. Which part of Australia do you live?
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
7 Mar 16
I'm near the top of NSW in the middle on the plains just west of the Great Dividing Range.
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@kaka135 (14068)
• Malaysia
12 Mar 16
@MsTickle So you always get to see a lot of animals wandering around? That's really great! I remember my friends told me when they are staying in the campus in Australia, they can always see the small kangaroos hopping around. I just think it's so nice to be around with those animals. I can't recall where it is now.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
12 Mar 16
@kaka135 Kangaroos are in abundance so they can be seen in a lot of places. Not in big cities but in more regional towns where there is food and it's peaceful, it's not unusual to see them in family groups.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
5 Mar 16
We've got eagles in our area, but all I ever see are buzzards. If an emu ran across the road, I'd freak...and wonder where it came from.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
5 Mar 16
You can easily see the emus coming but it's the roos that seem to come out of nowhere.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
5 Mar 16
@MsTickle The roos sound like our deer..you can be driving along minding your own business and WHAM!!!. either right in front of you or they'll actually run into the side of your vehicle...
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
5 Mar 16
@JolietJake That's exactly what a roo does -stoopid animals.
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@softbabe44 (5899)
• Vancouver, Washington
7 Mar 16
Sounds like a beautiful place to be is this a everyday thing?
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
22 Apr 16
Where I live is called scrub. It's not a pretty place but the starkness can be beautiful. these are not every day occurrences. When it does happen it's a special day.
• Vancouver, Washington
27 Apr 16
@MsTickle I really think it could really beautiful.
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@softbabe44 (5899)
• Vancouver, Washington
18 Mar 16
That would have been great to see.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
22 Apr 16
It was pretty special.
• United States
7 Mar 16
Hi :D I'm back! Lol One night I was walking my dog and right there on a railing by the sidewalk was a huge beautiful owl! I always took my camera with me on walks, but I didn't get it out quick enough to get a photo! I was so upset, but it was amazing to see! I'm just glad he didn't feel threatened and attack!
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
7 Mar 16
Either I'm too slow with my camera or phone or they spook at the crucial time and take off.
@sishy7 (27606)
• Australia
5 Mar 16
How cool - 2 beautiful big birds in one day... I've only come across kangaroos on the road...
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
5 Mar 16
Where abouts do you live?
@TRBRocks420 (81209)
• Banks, Oregon
5 Mar 16
Wow that's pretty awesome I love Eagles.
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
5 Mar 16
A few weeks ago, an even bigger one was feasting on roadkill on the side of the road. he waited till I was alongside before he took off then flew alongside me then across the front of my car. It's always a special experience.
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@JudyEv (130588)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Apr 16
I've heard that wedge-tailed eagles often become road kill because, as they have no natural predators, they don't feel obliged to get off the road. Do you have wedge-tailed eagles there? I think they occur Australia-wide. We have a couple that circle overhead quite regularly. They are beautiful creatures.
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