Satin Bower Bird activity + Frogmouths

Subject: Satin Bower Bird activity + Frogmouths
From: "Paul T." <>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:05:53 +1000
Howdy All,

My wife and I were visiting Yarralumla today and went to check on the bower at the back of the English Garden. last time we checked it was inhabited by a green male, but either he has now matured to a blue or else it has been taken over by one. The main bower is still there, right where it used to be and definitely undisturbed from a couple of months ago when we last saw it, so I am now wondering how quickly the change takes place from green to blue-black as they mature?

We also observed a green male starting a bower under another tree, then flying off towards the established bower and returning with a blue bottle cap..... 5 minutes later the blue male appeared, retrieved it's blue bottle cap and left.... 2 minutes later it returned and ripped apart the collection of twigs that the green male had started to assemble into a bower, grabbed a couple of yellow cockatoo crest feathers that were part of the display and flew back to it's own bower. Obviously there is a bit of agro about this "young upstart" trying to set up in his territory. <grin>

Was fascinating to see this interaction, and I hope it might be of interest to people to read about it. Lovely to watch the blue male at one point sitting up on a branch and calling and displaying. First time I've witnessed a blue male in action, so it was very cool. Still wondering if it is the same bird that was green a couple of months ago.

The Tawny Frogmouth's were still in the crappiest tree near the yacht club, with the least possible cover. Thanks to the person who gave the hint about the red boat, as it was a definite help in finding them as it was virtually straight up towards from it towards the road. Worth noting that they are between the two entrances to the yacht club, as when we arrived I wasn't really sure which entrance to try to work from. I'd reckon they aren't that far off right in the middle, to be honest, but if you look for the scrappiest and most naked tree, they were there this afternoon.


Paul T.
Higgins, ACT

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