Satin Bowerbirds

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alcatraz
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Satin Bowerbirds

Just back home after two weeks on the road in the caravan. Took little time to get a birding highlight at Queen Mary Falls, east of Warwick in Queensland. Discovered a bower only 20 metres from our caravan site.  

HelloBirdy
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They seem to like camping areas- must be all the blue stuff people bring in

Ryu
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Aiming for DSLR-quality shots with a bridge camera

laza
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Thanks for the sharing

I love to see these birds in the flesh

Dont take life too seriously, it never ends well

Devster
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Beautiful pics. I love their purple sheen and thier stunning eyes.

You did well to get the bower in a fairly open place. Normally the ones I find are underneath scrub and hard to photograph.

alcatraz
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Thanks all. There are two Bowers at the the Queen Mary Falls caravan park, one on either side of the park. Both are easy to photograph in good light. I am pondering one issue with Bowerbirds - what did male birds use to attract females before bright blue plastics became available? Any theories!

Devster
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alcatraz wrote:

Thanks all. There are two Bowers at the the Queen Mary Falls caravan park, one on either side of the park. Both are easy to photograph in good light. I am pondering one issue with Bowerbirds - what did male birds use to attract females before bright blue plastics became available? Any theories!

Blue feathers.

I read an article that said the Satin Bowerbirds in the Bunya Mountains (Qld) are particularly fond of the blue tail feathers from the Crimson Rosella.

I'm sure before blue plastics, blue flowers, feathers, berries etc were used by them.

alcatraz
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Devster wrote:

Thanks Devo, that makes sense!

alcatraz wrote:

Thanks all. There are two Bowers at the the Queen Mary Falls caravan park, one on either side of the park. Both are easy to photograph in good light. I am pondering one issue with Bowerbirds - what did male birds use to attract females before bright blue plastics became available? Any theories!

Blue feathers.

I read an article that said the Satin Bowerbirds in the Bunya Mountains (Qld) are particularly fond of the blue tail feathers from the Crimson Rosella.

I'm sure before blue plastics, blue flowers, feathers, berries etc were used by them.

rawshorty
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Well done, Alcatraz. The males are very difficult to get a good shot of.

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