SPRITE - not a commercial promotion

To: 'Virginia Abernathy' <>, "" <>
Subject: SPRITE - not a commercial promotion
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 06:44:53 +0000

Thanks Virginia  -  I enjoyed that but it won’t go through to the list because the image is too large.


A connection with the koels is that both species are expanding locally, the common element being that both are fruit eaters.  The bowerbirds make use of a variety of garden fruits – apart from prunus, figs, mulberries, grapes etc the bowerbirds take berries from viburnum species, lilly pilly (and the Chinese Pistacio is coming on now) and also like some vegetables.  I suppose they need a wider range of stuff because they are here year-round, and when they are roaming for new food sources people want to know what that ‘strange new green bird’ is.    g


From: Virginia Abernathy [
Sent: Thursday, 18 February 2016 4:23 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] SPRITE - not a commercial promotion


Very cute, Geoffrey. Earlier this year my field assistant, Remi, and I decided to mess with a male bower bird in the Blue Mountains by placing one of my blue model eggs in front of him. He took the bait and placed it right in the middle of his bower (see attached).




From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: 18 February 2016 10:43
Subject: [canberrabirds] SPRITE - not a commercial promotion




Suburban garden, Narrabundah, this morning

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