The Bowerbird

I’m not a wildlife photographer. Generally, I just don’t have the patience required search out and wait for reclusive wildlife to show up, nor do I have the large lenes that are usually necessary. That doesn’t mean I don’t have an interest in wild things, though. When an opportunity arises I’ll take it, such as with this Bowerbird I came across at Nitmiluk National Park in northern Australia.

Although this particular species of Bowerbird is not exceptionally striking in appearance, the Bowerbird has some really interesting behavioral traits. The boy Bowerbird, in an effort to impress the babes, builds what is called a bower. It’s called a bower because it looks so much like, well, a bower, whatever that is. You can see what a Bowerbird bower looks like in the last image. Anyway, to enhance his desirability the boy bird collects bird bling and scatters it around the bower. Typically these collected objects are of a single color, in this case white but I’ve also seen where they collect primarily blue or green objects. In more urban environments these objects can consist of small pieces of glass, plastic, or anything else he finds interesting.

Bower Bird - Nitmiluk National Park, Australia

Bower Bird – Nitmiluk National Park, Australia

Bower Bird - Nitmiluk National Park, Australia

Bower Bird – Nitmiluk National Park, Australia

Bower Bird's Bower - Nitmiluk National Park, Australia

Bower Bird’s Bower – Nitmiluk National Park, Australia

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