Great Bowerbird relocation solved

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Subject: Great Bowerbird relocation solved
From: "Ricki Coughlan" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 05:29:03 +1100
Hi Everyone
Thanks to all who responded to my request for help with the bower relocation problem.
I appreciated that some felt that the school should be moved, but I don't think that my friends were really going to go for that one, given real estate prices over here are the same as Sydney! Also, the students there like the bowerbird and wanted him to continue to invite the girl bowerbirds over to see his pebbles, shells, etc., where they could enjoy the display too. If you've not seen the Greast Bowerbird display, it's a real treat, with fantastic dancing, much ornament waving, mimicry and showing off of his brilliant purple-pink nuchal crest. It goes down a very well with the kids!
Mike Carter has a friend from Townsville who has had similar experiences and he informs me that the bower can be moved by sliding a large, flat board under the whole construction, including the ornaments. This should be relocated to a site with the sort of features appreciated by the bird - low, overhanging shrub and a tall lookout tree close by. If the bird doesn't like the move, he'll rebuild without a care apparently, as they are indeed very resilient and happy to work constantly on getting the bower and ornamentation just right. 
Thanks again.
Happy birding
Broome WA
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