Sunday, June 7, 2009
Werakata National Park
On a return trip to Werakata to photograph the Regent Honeyeaters on a day with, if not more light, then at least no rain, I found this Satin Bowerbird's bower. The male builds two parallel walls of sticks and decorates the area with blue objects. He maintains it throughout the year, adjusting the position of the objects and keeping the walls neat with a mixture of chewed vegetable matter and saliva. When a female visits during breeding season the bower becomes a stage for his display.