Gloucester Satin Bowerbirds

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Subject: Gloucester Satin Bowerbirds
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 20:42:04 +1100
Dear all

I've been observing my local pack of Satin Bowerbirds that visit the back garden on and off. For the last 12 months or so, a Black male has been absent from the site of his bower in the patch of trees over the lane at the end and I guess he met a sudden ending. Over the summer various green birds have been displaying and making noises like fully black males, and displaying to females on the ground and up in the trees, but until today none have shown any black feathers.

Today there was a tremendous amount of buzzing and churring in the mulberry tree, from which flew what I presume is a female with a juvenile (very gingery around lower face and with buff tips to coverts, following the female making begging noises), followed by a male in a most scruffy plumage of black splatters, brown and black wing coverts, primaries and retrices, black head and bone coloured bill. Got some rather bad photos of him - usually with part of body hidden by leaves. Two days ago I saw a younger male with bone coloured bill but no black feathers and he was also around today. There seems a lot of courting type behaviour for late summer. Maybe it's because of the rain.

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