Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Bowerbirds and an empty nest
I ate lunch close to where I'd first seen the male Satin Bowerbird and after I'd finished I caught a glimpse of him chasing a female through the trees. I followed them around for a bit, then saw him sitting in a tree - once again he was proving elusive...
here is a link to a flickr gallery of what this might look like. I like the description from a comment on there of what a bower is: 'they aren't nests. They are dance floors, discos, if you like, for picking up girls!' So, more like a 'love nest'! The Satin Bowerbird has a fancy for all things blue to decorate his bower. I've heard that in Canberra milk bottle tops used to be blue, but they had to change the colour as the Bowerbirds were stealing them!
Professor Cockburn's webpage at the school of Botany and Zoology.