stupendous expce

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Subject: stupendous expce
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:01:09 +1000

Yes Sz  -  that’s a fairly long-standing bower with a tirelessly exhibitionist male.  No optical illusion.


However I remember the bower at the English Garden you drew attention to some years ago.  There were 2 bowers in the vicinity.  One, which continued for some years, possibly still there, was operated by a male with a deformed foot and a pronounced limp.  The remarkable thing was that junior birds   watching his performance, when it came to their turn for a bit of practice, used to imitate the adult  -  complete with the limp, evidently assuming this to be an essential element.  I’ve got some video of it somewhere.  


From: Suzanne Edgar [
Sent: Saturday, 25 June 2011 2:32 PM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] stupendous expce



Not sure if it was an optical illusion due to fading light, @ 4.40 pm, but the male seemed to puff  himself up (or swell up) to the size of c. a native hen while doing this prancing and performing.


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