Spot the Emu

Spot the Emu - Photograph by Laura Lecce
Spot the Emu – Photograph by Laura Lecce

Can you spot the emu? This photo was taken on a Western Australian highway on a road trip from Exmouth to Monkey Mia, with a stop at Coral Bay. Coral Bay is a beautiful area where the Ningaloo Reef stretches along the coast just a short swim off the beach – a must see location for snorkelers. Monkey Mia is a famous location in WA where dolphins swim into incredibly shallow waters to get fed and interact with humans. On this remote stretch of road you will witness a very dry landscape with expanses of red dirt to either side. You may see small leafless shrubs with adorable tiny goats huddled underneath trying to seek refuge from the hot sun. Closer to the coast the shrubs get larger and slightly greener, and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some emus running across the land, darting in amongst the shrubs after being spooked by your car. They remind me of the Looney Tunes character the Roadrunner (with Wile E. Coyote), except that real roadrunners run at a speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), whilst emus can run at 31 mph (50 km/h). Below is a close up photo just in case he ran so fast you missed him!

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In case you missed him
In case you missed him
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5 thoughts on “Spot the Emu

  1. You had to look hard but I saw it. When we were there visiting I had wanted to see kangaroos in the wild. Was told it was as frequent as we see deer here. Unfortunately we did not see any, but it was a great drive.

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    1. I’m surprised you didn’t see kangaroos in the wild, they certainly are as common as deer in the States. It really depends where you are though, especially common in farmland areas with large expanses of grass. You’ll just have to have a return trip to Australia 😉

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