GRUIFORMES: Otididae

Ardeotis australis  

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)
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© Geoff Walker 2013
Maryfarms, QLD (Sep, 2013)

Fresh from a fight with a rival male, the winning bustard strutted around, fully puffed up, declaring to all the females that he was "The Greatest!"

One particular female watched on with some considerable interest ;)

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