Satin Bowerbirds and others in the National Botanic Gardens

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A couple of kiddies took their eyes off their drinks, and, as quick as a flash, Mr Satin Bowerbird was away with them. Tons of Bowerbird action today in the middle of the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.

Hidden perhaps by the noise woodchipper running a few hundred metres away, I worked my way very slowly into the midst of at least 10 Bowerbirds going about their business. This is only the second time I have seen a male in the wild.

The bower was inspected by one of a number of potential mates. “Not bad” she says, “for a beginner. I will need a few improvements before anything interesting happens.”

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This other lad was a 6 year old male, on the turn; and starting to collect.

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There were lots of other birds about too.

This is a male White-browed Scrubwren:

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This a happy sounding Red Wattelbird:

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Also some juvenile White-throated Treecreepers:

An elusive Eastern Yellow Robin:

 

The New Holland Honeyeater differs from the very similar White-cheeked Honeyeater in the whispy white “beard”:

And finally one of my favourites, the Eastern Spinebill (male):

The stars today though were definitely the Bowerbirds; the signs were that there would be plenty more in due course.

 

Michael Monaghan

5 June 2018

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