Mr. Emu Says Hello

April 23, 2011 by Jason Hines

Welcome to the weekend! Kristi and I left this morning for Southern Utah to what promises to be some awesome shooting. The weather seems like it will be great for photography so be sure to keep your fingers crossed for us!

This is a photo I took at Maru Wildlife Park in Phillip Island, Australia. This fellow greeted us when we entered the Kangaroo enclosure. I was nice enough to give him some food and he spent the next ten minutes following me around. I finally managed to give him the slip (or so I thought), but eventually he returned with reinforcements at which time I was being followed by next less than six emu. All in all – cool bird, good times!


Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikkor 18-105mm
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3


  1. Heather says:

    He looks pissed! Cool shot!

  2. That’s close!
    He took a shine to you lol

  3. Boom& Gary says:

    There was an attempt to raise these birds in S. Onatrio when I was living there. They are quite the sight!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. springman says:

    This is one of those special pictures where the theoretical link between Dinosaurs and birds is readily apparent. Staring at your emu close up I have the uneasy feeling I’m about to be eaten! ;-) WBW

  5. Sandra says:

    he is soooo ugly he is toooo cute… great shot

  6. Leonora says:

    So cute :-) What a great shot!

  7. Frank says:

    Very friendly. Super full frontal.

  8. Does not look very friendly. Great picture!

  9. Mick says:

    Great photo. You certainly can’t get that close in the wild but they are a fantastic sight running at full speed.

  10. Marias Teater says:

    What an amazing portrait! Brave you!

  11. Amila says:

    Wow,so close! He looks means to ma too,certainly the looks can be deceptive! :)

  12. Dave says:

    very funny from Heather….

    Its a great shot…. in yer face emu

  13. fjällripan says:

    Nice photo of a cool bird! :)

  14. Bill S. says:

    Great picture. The bill looks mean. I also love your header.

  15. Pat says:

    Well, hello there! What an amazing capture! Well done!

  16. Tammy says:

    Great close-up. Love the detail of his feathers.

  17. Sally in WA says:

    Wow! I’m not sure I’d want him following me around. Nice detail in the photo.

  18. andrew says:

    What a stunning close-up. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Stewart M says:

    Hi – these birds have an “ear hole” in the side of their head – it always makes my flesh creep when I watch flies wandering on and out of them! What are they doing in there and what are they leaving behind!

    Cheers Stewart M – Australia

  20. MaineBirder says:

    WOW, what a close-up! Great capture!

  21. Rachel R says:

    I think I would have been a little nervous around this guy. What a great photo!

  22. Sondra says:

    A face only a mother could love…what a beautiful EYE!!
    OH you’re headed to one of my favorite spots on Earth–southern Utah–enjoy!!!

  23. Pat Ulrich says:

    Really nice close-up — very cool shot!

  24. Love this shot. Wouldn’t mess around with that bird!!

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