The birds are at it in my garden again: making use of the everyday.
This time it is the very shy Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) that inhabits wet, heavily forrested areas of the east coast of Australia, including the mountains west of Sydney.
The male of the species is what you might call an obsessive-compulsive bachelor.
It makes an elaborate tent from sticks and surrounds this with (somewhat) concentric, rigidly arranged blue items. This is all in the hope to lure a female, who shows a preference for males who can arrange objects of a similar size and shape. Here it has made a bower in one of the corners of my garden.
I suspect that this is one bird that is actually thriving on all of the rubbish made by modern-man. Prior to European settlement, there were only a handful of blue flowers and berries in Australia, and I know of only one or two that are in flower/fruit at this time of year, so all of the detritus must make for very eye-catching displays to the female Bower Bird.
In this Bower, there are clothes pegs (only the clothes pegs came from my yard), pencils, pens, drinking straws, bottle-caps, bits of packing tape – collected, I suspect, from near and far – it certainly is a lot of effort for courtship!
I do hope this bachelor is successful and I have a Bower Bird family to join my Wattlebird family
Australia certainly has some very interesting wildlife, and it’s always such a wonderful privilege to have so much wildlife in the garden.
Happy gardening 🙂