Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blue Bower of the Satin Bowerbird 12/02/14

This impressive Bower was built by a male Satin Bowerbird that frequents a friends property on the Darling Downs, South-East Queensland, Australia.  Male Satin Bowerbirds build these specialised stick structures that are then decorated with blue items to impress the female.  The owner of the property said that there were numerous bowers on the property and that often the male would use the same bower each year and other times build another one.  She said that the male bowerbird uses the purple/blue berries from the native dianella plant to also decorate the bower, along with straws, bottle tops and blue pegs and anything else it can find. The use of the bower is really to impress it's mate and is part of the courtship process that will hopefully impress the female enough that she is convinced that it is the best bird to mate with.  The satin bowerbirds do not lay their eggs in these bowers but in a traditional nest in a close by tree.

The craftmanship of these satin bowerbirds is magnificent and I was thrilled to come across this one, as I had never seen one before and very grateful for my friend for letting me photograph it.

Judi Gray

Bower of the Male Satin Bowerbird

  • Judi's photo of a Satin Bowerbird Bower featured in an exhibit for school children on "Animal Architecture" in Science World in Canada in 2014.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin's at Boodua Environmental Reserve 02/02/14

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin at Boodua Environmental Reserve

Hubby trying his luck fishing while I am off taking photos.

Double-barred Finch at Boodua Reserve

Double-barred Finches come down to the waters edge for a drink.
Nankeen Kestral in an adjoining paddock at Boodua Reserve.

Little Friarbird

Well camouflaged Red-rumped Parrot in a Bottle Brush Tree at Boodua

Cooling off in the creek on the hot day

Apostlebird at Boodua Reserve

The sun shimmering on the creek

Lesser Wanderer


Row # Species Count
1 White-necked Heron - Ardea pacifica 1
2 Crested Pigeon - Ocyphaps lophotes
3 Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
4 Nankeen Kestrel - Falco cenchroides 1
5 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus funereus
6 Galah - Eolophus roseicapilla
7 Cockatiel - Nymphicus hollandicus
8 Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
9 Pale-headed Rosella - Platycercus adscitus
10 Red-rumped Parrot - Psephotus haematonotus
11 Superb Fairy-wren - Malurus cyaneus
12 Noisy Miner - Manorina melanocephala
13 Brown Honeyeater - Lichmera indistincta
14 Little Friarbird - Philemon citreogularis 2
15 Pied Butcherbird - Cracticus nigrogularis 1
16 Australian Magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen
17 Torresian Crow - Corvus orru
18 White-winged Chough - Corcorax melanorhamphos
19 Apostlebird - Struthidea cinerea
20 Welcome Swallow - Hirundo neoxena
21 Common Myna - Acridotheres tristis
22 Double-barred Finch - Taeniopygia bichenovii
23 Chestnut-breasted Mannikin - Lonchura castaneothorax

The local council and residents have done a wonderful job fixing up this once severely vandalised reserve.  New picnic tables, fencing, bbq's and mass tree planting have been undertaken of recent times. Hopefully people will start to respect this historic area and leave it as they find it so it can once again be an area that people can enjoy for a variety of recreational and nature activities.