Sunday, 1 July 2012

Garden inspiration: bowerbirds

We are trying hard to attract a range of different bird and animal species to our garden, by including a range of different local plants, such as grasses, understorey plants and a few larger bushes and trees, as well as making water available. Many of the bolder bird species (magpies, magpie-larks, rosellas and miners) call by regularly.

But our local satin bowerbird prefers to build his bower among privet and camphor laurel bushes, right next to a path, on the school grounds near our house.
A fine collection of blue plastic attracts the ladies
Whatever makes him happy I suppose...When I visited today he was doing a bit of a tidy-up. It's another of my not-great shots - need to get practising with that telephoto lense!

The garden itself is the brighter for a few mountain devil (Lambertia formosa) flowers.

Mountain devils grow as a large shrub or bush (up to 2 or 3m), distinguished by their beautiful flowers and by the horned seed capsules that follow flowering. They do look a bit devilish, as the picture on this page about growing them shows. They can be hard to establish (we have about a 50% success rate), but once they're settled in they're hardy and make an excellent screen.

4 comments:

  1. Nature in Your area is very rich. And You make very good photoes.

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  2. I caught a glimpse of a bower bird making a nest at our back fence. I think our children are a bit too noisy for him to stay though. I keep checking his progress!

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  3. Thanks for your feedback Zim - I'll keep practising with the camera! Mandy, it's great you've got a bower bird nearby; they are amazingly bold creatures. If you have shrubs along the back fence you may find he'll stay around...Keep us updated!!

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  4. No sign of him any more! Even the blue scraps of plastic he'd scavenged from our deteriorating trampoline cover are gone. So sad! He was beautiful :(

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