GRUIFORMES: Otididae

Ardeotis australis  

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)
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© Geoff Walker 2009
Maryfarms, QLD (Sep, 2009)

This male Australian Bustard has inflated his gular sac and is displaying in order to attract a female for mating.

He strutted around for thirty minutes before I left him, hopefully successful in attracting a mate.

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

I am the greatest

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

Look at me, Look at me

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

Australian Bustard

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

The fight

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

The deflated loser

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

The winner takes all