Golden Bowerbird

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Subject: Golden Bowerbird
From: "Michael J Hunter" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 20:52:13 +1100
   There are three relatively easily accessable sites for the GOLDEN
BOWERBIRD in North Queensland, Paluma Range near Townsville, Atherton, and
Mt. Lewis out of Julatten.See Thomas and Thomas.
   An English birder gave us specific directions to the Mt. Lewis site.Take
the track left from the clearing as described in T & T, walk about 1.5 km ,
keeping left at the only intersection, stop at the dam and back-track 75
paces. A track climbs up the bank to the right, about 50 paces to a
three-pole bower, slim vertical saplings about a metre apart with twigs
arranged around their bases for up to a metre or more. Move past the bower
and sit on a fallen log about 15m beyond, wait quietly and still, and
eventually the male will fly in and onto a horizontal branch between two of
the verticals. In spring /summer a female may come as well  and the male
displays, perhaps mates.

Michael Hunter
Mulgoa Valley
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge

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