I've seen many emu eggs, none with scratches. I can't imagine what animal could bust open an emu egg, or know that it was an egg; they're really pretty tough. If you had tassie devils where there are emus, there wouldn't be any emus . That could explain what happened to the tassie emu? A dingo could, I imagine; I'm not suggesting it was a dingo.Could the dad emu have scratched the egg whilst placing it/moving it around in the nest?
Mozzie is right, the fox has tried to drag/eat the egg by grasping it at the narrowest point of the egg.
Here is a picture of the culprit (as well as the victim of the attempted heist)
might need to play spot the fox...
Nice find! Yes, looking like a bird then. It had to be a bipedal toe dragger . It seems quite a long stride. It's not typical water bird country down there - endless exposed beaches with nothing to slow the wind down from the antarctic. Not the sort of place for a heron.nearest I can find in Australia are these: "Unknown Shorebird". https://www.thelanddownunder.com.au/wildlife/wildlife-tracks
Second row down second image from left.
or these https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/bird-tracks-on-sand-1337428292. Unknown bird, but the photographer is from the Ukraine, so probably not a bird unique to Australia!
I've seen many emu eggs, none with scratches. I can't imagine what animal could bust open an emu egg, or know that it was an egg; they're really pretty tough. If you had tassie devils where there are emus, there wouldn't be any emus . That could explain what happened to the tassie emu? A dingo could, I imagine; I'm not suggesting it was a dingo.
Maybe Ibis?I'm curious about this one. A friend flew down to Malaleuca for a hike (south coast of Tasmania). She sent back the picture below. Unfortunately I have no scale to give. If it was mainland I would have said emu. My best guess is a pelican, but the stride looks wrong (not a waddle) . After a friend of mine has been shooting Indian Mynas here - supposedly there are none in Tassie (there sure are a lot of dead ones though!), I'm now open to believing in emus here
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Nice, but I don't think so. I don't see many ibis here - I've never seen them on the beach. They seem to be around farmland etc - near human habitation. The south coast of Tassie is as about as isolated as anywhere gets these days. It did make me think about geese though. Haven't seen them on a beach either - but I'm guessing whatever those prints are that they are not a common occurrence. That means that ibis could still be in the mix; I suppose the prints of the feet look too fine. But geese - they've got fat feet and legs to carry all that fat weight . We get cape barren goose. Black swan could work too. I can't imagine what either of them would be doing there though - geese eat grass, swans eat algae and weeds generally under water? Cape barren goose would be the pick of those two. The stride in the original photo just looks longer in comparison to foot size. Photo below is of cape barren goose prints taken on Maria islandThese are Ibis(and dog), I think toes in the tracks that Randall posted are closer together and there is more straddle.