tending to the bower

Posted by gregc on Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:00 am

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Golden Bowerbird (Amblyornis newtonianus) tending to his bower. The stick maypoles which extend up about 1m are there for many seasons, but he decorates the bower in breeding season. He started a few weeks ago, will keep it up until about November when the rain comes. He is tending to the lichens in this capture, but he has a region of dried flowers in the upper left, and a region of green fruit on the other side. You can't really see from this image, but they comprise very distinct non-overlapping regions. He has a store of supplies below the display perch. Pretty cool character. Lives in a very restricted range in the higher rainforest, so you really need to bring your own light.

ISO400, 400mm, f8, 1/200, 2 strobes, by Canon.

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by david fletcher on Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:57 am
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Large view shows the soft a treat Greg. Excellent work and a joy to see it and your efforts.
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:17 am
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Great find and behavior, Greg!
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:36 pm
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These amazing and ingenious birds so deserve to attract their mates, Greg! A great capture of their hard work in creating and decorating their bower.

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by paul fletcher on Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:06 pm
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A great image plus a very informative narration, Greg. The lighting turned out very good here, in your photo, as well.

by Cindy Marple on Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:01 pm
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Such cool birds, and a wonderful image showing the elements of this species' bower.

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