I am reminded that tomorrow will be the 80th anniversary of the opening of hostilities in the Emu War:
Meredith had established an ambush near a local dam, and over 1,000 emus were spotted heading towards their position. This time the gunners waited until the birds were at point blank range before opening fire. The gun jammed after only twelve birds were killed, however, and the remainder scattered before more could be killed. No more birds were sighted that day
It was an unequal combat, but the Australian officer commanding paid tribute to Emu gallantry and hardiness and noted that, if it weren't for them being huge flightless birds, Emus would make a damn fine native soldiery.