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Currumbin Beach, South East Queensland.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

UP WITH THE BIRDS

We were up with the birds on our second day at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. We joined a bird ramble around the resort. The birds are plentyful as they know there is seed given to them. They land on all parts of your body to look for seeds.

These are male Regent Bower Birds, they are beautiful. It is also the emblem for the resort.

A little Swedish tourist enjoyed feeding the birds.

This male Australian King Parrot tried to eat George's hearing aide.

The Crimson Rosella joined us for lunch on the deck. It had its eye on the crusty bread.
Top left: Lewin's Honeyeater, right:Wonga Pigeon
Bottom left: Pied Currawong, right: Eastern Yellow Robin


Female and male Regent Bower Bird.

Male and female Satin Bower Bird

 The Bower Bird builds a nest in a tree for the eggs but the male builds a bower on the ground. He spends time and care weaving the bower from twigs and then he decorates around the bower with blue objects. Some of the things they find is amazing. I wonder what they did before plastic and humans came close to their habitat? When the bower is complete he does a mating dance near the entrance to the bower, hoping to attract a female to come into his boudoir where he hopes to mate with her.

21 comments:

Carole M. said...

fabulous Diane; you got to see the iconic male Bowerbird; lucky you! This has to be an amazing place to visit; enjoy the ride back down the hill :)

Gattina said...

Wow ! what an experience ! The Parrot trying to eat the hearing aide made me laugh, I just imagined Mr.G ! The male who builds a bower is also amazing. Some male humans should take him as example and do a mating dance before moving in, lol !

Fun60 said...

How I envy you Diane to be up with the birds and seeing so much.

eileeninmd said...

OH WOW! I would love that place, Diane. I wish I could have been there to enjoy the birds with you! Awesome photos.

Andrew said...

Great bird photos, and what a variety. Of course our southern Bower Birds build a much better bower. Seriously, the one I saw when I was a kid was a tunnel.

Jo said...

How incredible that the male Satin Bower bird decorates the nest with blue objects. And what lovely birds he and his female are. The Regent Bower bird male looks like a plastic toy and she looks like one of our thrushes. You captured so many birds, Diane, thanks for sharing with us.

whiteangel said...

Wonderful photos Diane, well done.
I have seen a bower birds nest but no bird.

Sandra said...

this is so cool.. just love those bower birds.. the markings and colors are amazing.. all of the birds are amazing... color me jealous

DeniseinVA said...

Love your Australian birds, great shots. The bower bird has always fascinated me.

TexWisGirl said...

every one of these birds are unique and exotic to me! the bower and the 'blue' is fascinating! so very cool! thanks for sharing all you see!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You guys have all the good birds! I would love this tour!

Valerie said...

Fabulous bird photos. My fave is the bower bird house. They are the Kardashians of the bird world.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Tim just stopped to look at the photos of the birds he loves birds and like all the photos so thank you for sharing them and making him happy

GardenOfDaisies said...

What beautiful birds!! These photos are really awesome, Diane! I have a soft spot in my heart for parrots, as we had one as a pet when I was a girl.

Dianne said...

I'm still laughing about that king parrot eating George's hearing aid .... I'm sure George wasn't impressed!

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Rose ~ from Oz said...

Diane, I am totally green with envy - what an incredible assortment of delightful birds!! (I've had a lot to do with the King Parrot so he has a special soft spot in my heart)
Lucky girl, they are just beautiful!

Cynthia said...

The birds are just incredibly beautiful and unique! Just can't get over the gorgeous colors you were able to capture in your photographs.

Cynthia said...

The birds are just incredibly beautiful and unique! Just can't get over the gorgeous colors you were able to capture in your photographs.

Titania said...

Every year the satin bowerbirds build their nest and bower in mine or the neighbours garden. Beautiful pictures of many birds. Lovely.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I've been a bit busy and doing a catchup. Loving this series, having spent some time visiting O'Reillys a couple of years ago. I've not seen a Regent Bower Bird ... what a beauty. Other than the Wonga Pigeon I see the rest on my mountain garden. The Lewin's Honeyeater is a rare visitor though I saw on just the other day.

Regarding your comment on my blog ... I too enjoy having you as a blog friend and whatever I do with my blogs next year I will definitely still be visiting yours.

Jessica Ramirez said...

Wow! I wish I could go there and see the beautiful birds myself. Maybe some other time... ciao.
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