Which bird made this nest?

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CharlesWJ
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Which bird made this nest?

Attached photo is of a nest found under a sandstone cliff in the Morton National Park. Anyone know which bird made it?

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CharlesWJ
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Andy
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Another place that I would love to visit! In my lunch break I'll look in my book of bird nests to see if I can find what it might be. However, in the meantime, perhaps someone else knows?

Did you see any birds there, CharlesWJ?

Regards,
Andy.

Windhover
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If you have Superb Lyrebirds in the area, then they could be the culprits. I have seen a nest up in a cave, on a narrow ledge just like this one. Quite remarkable. Another species that crossed my mind is the Peregrine Falcon, but I think they'd have more of a scrape in the debris at the bottom of the rocks rather than an elaborate structure as this. See if you can notice birds coming/going. :)

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Now if I am right, Morton NP is in the Southern Highlands of NSW, so yes, Superb Lyrebird is very possible.

CharlesWJ
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Thanks for the quick response guys and you were spot on. I have now researched the Superb Lyrebird and the nest we found is obviously one that was in the course of construction. I will have to brave the leaches and go back and see what it looks like now. The place is thick with lyre birds but I have never seen their nests.

Cheers

Charles

Andy
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Good work Akos! I knew that in the meantime someone would post the answer!

Are the lyrebirds easily spooked? Will they desert the nest if someone is hanging around?

Windhover
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Thank you Andy. :)
If I didn't see a nest like this nearly three years ago, I'd never have guessed. :( I don't know how SLs would behave with humans near the nest. I'd certainly introduce a hide from a distance of say 30m and move it about 5m closer every day until within photographic distance. I once borrowed a book from the local library that was all about this wonderful species, and will try and find the ISBN number as a search of even Andrew Isles bookshop failed to find this title. I know Andy would love to read this book! :) ;)

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