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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Yet another shot of a Bowerbird.

This morning I realised I had run out of Apples to feed the Satin Bowerbirds and Pied Currawongs and the Lewin's Honeyeater.
Shock Horror!

I decided to try an Orange.
It was a nice big juicy Orange, but as I personally do not like Oranges (too acidic for my preference) I was sceptical about how the birds would react.

Silly Me.

The birds were all over the two half oranges in no time flat.
They pecked it, they drank the juice, and even had a bit of a peck at some of the skin.
Click to enlarge the image.

Anyway, I took another image of the male Bowerbird (through the Kitchen Window, yet again). But this shot is a bit better than the best one I showed you a few days ago. I adjusted the camera settings somewhat to compensate for the ultra dark plumage of the bird. Consequently he is showing more of the famous glossy plumage.

9 comments:

Snail said...

Looks like your satin bowerbirds are like my spotted catbirds --- they love oranges. The catbirds will try to carry off the biggest pieces they can find!

daharja said...

Your photos are always so beautiful - thanks for sharing them.

Miss Eagle said...

And isn't his glossy blackness and wonderful contrast for the ever-so-orange orange. At least he is getting his Vit C to ward off the colds & flu!

B&B
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Denis Wilson said...

Hi Snail
Carry-offs are made more difficult by the screws which have the heads cut off and then the shank is tapped gently into a slightly narrower hole than the diameter of the screw. So it becomes a very snug fit.
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Really soft fruit (bananas) are exceedingly popular, but less successful because they can snap a whole section off and steal it.
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Cheers
Denis

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Daharja and Miss Eagle
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Nice to see you both pop up together on my Blog.
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Daharja, I am always happy ot share my photos.
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Miss Eagle, Yes the glossiness is amazing, but so hard to photograph. Nice contrast with the Orange, as you say.
He looks healthy enough without the Vitamnin C supplement, I think!
Cheers
Denis

Tyto Tony said...

So appeeeeling!

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
They "peel" apples better than Oranges. They treat Oranges as people at parties treat "punch bowls" and scoop stuff out, til only the dregs are left.
The local gardeners actually dislike the Bowerbirds for their ability to strip fruit from trees and even vegie gardens. Though they grudgingly admire their beauty.
Cheers
Denis

dreamfalcon said...

Wonderful photo of the bowerbird: The orange, the dark blue and that lilac of the eye!

Denis Wilson said...

Welcome Dreamfalcon.
Thanks. I enjoyed that image too.
These birds are so spectacular, even though for me they are regular visitors to my house.
Beauty in Nature.
Cheers
Denis