As this is a two week challenge, I’ll just pop in a close-up today with a Female Satin Bowerbird. Over the past week the Satin Bowerbirds have taken over the garden. The males are easily distinguished as they are a shiny blue/black. The Females and the juveniles have the same colouring and markings. The immatures stay much the same colouring for around four years when they start to change colour. By the seventh year the moult will produce the black feathers of a male. The males are promiscuous and their bower is an attractant to lure the females.
Here is the close-up of a female Satin Bowerbird in the Honey Gem Grevillea in my front yard. This photo was taken through my kitchen window.
The road to my place. In this post I haven’t included so much that happens here to keep it brief, no butterflies or insects, a few birds, no garden flowers, no bush views, I hope you don’t mind.
Mt country comfort in the bush
My favourite place to go and relax and enjoy the bush, the sounds and the birds
How I communicate with the world
The sheds are a place of work and contemplation
The garden relaxes
Some days I actually see sunrise
There is always visitors who come to the verandah and say g’day A male Satin Bowerbird drops in and is usually followed by a female or two. I can tell when the mountains are getting a bit cooler when the Bowerbirds come down from the mountains and settle here for Winter.
Tiny the King Parrot enjoys coming to the house to make sure I am OK. Not really, he’s just looking for snacks.
Sometimes a stranger wants to see why the verandah is special. A Wonga Pigeon was a first time visitor to the garden a few years ago. I hope they return this year.
Sometimes the king Parrots are quite curious on what I am doing around the place
The place to sit and relax and enjoy the country comfort. When are you going to drop in?
I begin this short story which began early in July. I had been away from home for a while. When I came home I went for the customary walk about my place to see that all was well. As I headed down the paddock to the bush where the fires in December raged through, I saw a white stripe on a tree. I was hoping to see more of my place regenerating, trees recovering, plants emerging and a general rejuvenation of the land.
Instead this is what I found. Can you see that line of white?
What on earth was that white thing running from the top of the tree to the ground? Once I got closer I realised what it was. A roll of plumbing tape. But how did it get there. I do remember using the tape and putting it on a table on the verandah sometime in late June. And then the reason why echoed through the bush nearby.
Someone who has a penchant for item with a blue hue. Someone who enjoys decorating their space in the hope of attracting a female. Yes this culprit was undoubtedly a Satin Bowerbird.
He builds the walls
decorates the room
His creation for her
a place to dance
a stage to perform
Will she like what she sees
Is this the man for her
Can she see deep into his being
and find a way into
or is this a facade
a temporary construct
of a blue fantasy
This is an actual Satin Bowerbird’s bower on my place. When I found this one I was just amazed at the number of blue things he had found to decorate the bower. I am not sure what the love heart came from or where many of the objects were collected as I know they weren’t from my place, except a blue peg or two perhaps.
Thanks for everyone who thought this photo challenge was to their liking. Yes it will become a permanent challenge. Some bloggers have intimated that they could cheat and make sure their last photo was a cracker of a shot. I don’t think you would do that would you? Maybe next month it might be a different date.
The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 29th February.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”
The Satin Bowerbird comes and cleans up what the Wallabies leave. He likes a drink from the bucket too.