Night parrot: In search of one of the world's most elusive birds

The sun is setting in a remote corner of outback Queensland. As light fades, the drone of determined flies will soon be replaced by the hum of mosquitoes.

Ecologist Steve Murphy is standing among the spinifex clumps, sage-green blobs so healthy that they are reminiscent of oversized beanbags. Wearing headphones and carrying a sound recorder and a microphone encased in grey fluff, his high-tech equipment makes him look out of place in the ancient lands of the Maiawali people.

He is listening. Concentrating hard on the sounds emanating from the dusk-lit landscape.

Read more, or watch the video at the Sydney Morning Herald website.


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