New Farm Park, Brisbane

Monday, September 29, 2014

CLEVER BIRDS

More birds from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary visit. 

The male Satin Bower Bird collects blue items to decorate outside the bower he has built for his girlfriend. He also dances around the bower to attract his mate.

Mr Bower bird has to woo his girlfriend in a bower he especially builds on the ground for the wooing ceremony. The Bower Birds build a nest in a tree for their eggs . 
The female Bower Bird is watching  her prospective mate dancing about the bower and its blue decorations wondering if he's good enough for her. She isn't the dark blue satin colour of her mate but she has beautiful purple eyes.

The Darter has a long snake like neck. It swims low with just the snake like neck visible. It dives often.

The  Black Breasted Buzzard is a medium sized rapture. It is about 60cm long with wing span of 155 cm and weighs 1.4 kg.

It cleverly uses a rock to throw down on an emu egg to break the tough shell. It will do it again and again until it can break open the egg with its beak.
This was a fake egg for the show but it had meal worms inside for the Buzzard to eat. I was impressed with this act.

Just before the end of the show it started to rain. I had to hide my camera under my jacket and it was hard to get shots of our biggest eagle , "The Wedge Tailed Eagle" He zoomed closely over our heads to land on the tree perch. 

 He stands 1m tall with a wing span of 2.2m and weighs 5kg. He eats rabbits, baby wallabies, rats, mice and other small mammals.
Linked with I'd rather be birdin'
and Wild Bird Wednesday

39 comments:

  1. Great photos of these extraordinary birds Diane. I have seen displays of the bower bird on nature shows. The eagle and the buzzard are amazing. The darter looks very much like the Anhinga I have seen in Florida. You have incredible birds in Australia.

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  2. I have seen the Bower Bird nests but never a bird!
    It really is amazing the blue items that they collect.
    So funny that blue is their colour. I often wonder why????

    The Wedge Tailed Eagle is just so majestic to see in the wild
    and they seem to know of their importance.

    Great photos of our bird life, well done.
    Cheers
    Colin

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  3. Diane, the Bower bird is pretty cool.. I love its pretty blue color and that nest..The female is beautiful too. The Buzzard is pretty smart when it comes to food. And the Eagle is awesome.. Great post, enjoy your new week!

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  4. Such pretty and clever birds indeed I do like photos of birds

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  5. Some great photos there Diane. That Bower bird is a pretty smart bird. It could make a killing as a wedding planner.

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  6. Excellent images of the extraordinary birds!!!

    Thanks for sharing your link at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend.

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  7. You have some different unknown birds overthere. Beautiful photo's.

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  8. Wonderful photos of the tropical birds. I've seen the beautiful bower birds but the others are new to me. The Darter is a beautiful bird as well, and the Buzzard's feathers are so neat in the second photo. The Eagle from behind is so impressive, I like his pose with his wings spread out.

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  9. Lovely photos of the birds. Bower Birds are clever, we saw some plus a nest in Kununurra some time ago. They had glass, bottle tops,all kinds of thing in their nest.

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  10. We have bowerbirds in our garden but I have not manged to get a photo of the male yet. I like your darter photo.

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  11. "He stands 1m tall with a wing span of 2.2m and weighs 5kg. He eats rabbits, baby wallabies, rats, mice and other small mammals." Don't forget small fluffy white dogs.

    The close ups of the buzzard are spectacular. I am always amazed how the same birds can tolerate such different climates, such as tropical Queensland and much cooler Victoria.

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  12. What beautiful photos Diane. I love the Bower Bird's colors and resourcefulness. The female is very pretty too. Your darters are much prettier than ours. And of course the Black Breasted Buzzard's show is very impressive. Have a great day! Jo

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  13. I think I'm in love with that Darter bird! What an impressive collection you have here and all birds I'd love to see!

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  14. wow! fascinating birds! loved the bower bird's lures and the smart rock-breaker!

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  15. they are all truly amazing birds... i love the photo with all the blue he has gathered.. had no idea they could do things like this. for once the female is as pretty as the male, just a different color... the buzzard is much better looking than ours are... the eagle is great except for the eating baby kangaroo part.. thanks for sharing these, they are all birds i will never see.

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  16. This Buzzard looks dangerous ! You have seen a lot of birds !

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  17. Great photos and I really like the colours of the female Bower bird. Take care t'other Diane

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  18. Fantastic shots! Such interesting birds! I love the Bower Bird and his collection of blue drink bottle caps! So cute! And that black breasted buzzard is so fascinating!

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  19. Amazing that buzzard is actually using tools. And we thought we were the only ones. Great place, great pictures. You said once that you weren't wild about taking bird pictures -- I hope your Camera Club has changed your mind; these are all really good.

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  20. Clever birds, is right. All those bits of blue caught my eye and I was impressed. Clever you, too. Great shots!

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  21. It has been both interesting and informative to follow along on your posts about your wildlife sanitary visit, Diane.

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  22. These are very clever birds indeed. You got some marvelous pictures, even if it did start to rain on your day.

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  23. What a clever boy is that Bower-Bird. And he has a fettish for blue!!

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  24. What gorgeous shots of the birds.

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  25. Wow---what a great wildlife sanctuary. I was amused at the male Satin Bower Bird collecting those 'blue' things --in order to impress the female.... I was also interested in that buzzard... We have buzzards here --but none quite as pretty/unique looking as the one you pictured.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  26. These are amazing photos! I love hearing about birds that use tools. The Bower Bird is particularly interesting. The way they pretty up the nest for the female, trying to impress. Nature is so awesome.

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  27. These are all fantastic shots.Love the Bower bird, I have seen one but did not get shots like yourself. The Buzzard and Eagle are massive birds

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  28. Wonderful birds!It's fascinating how the bower bird arranges his display.

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  29. Bower birds are great - I found it hard to believe the bower was not a fake when I saw my first one.

    Nice pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  30. Lovely to see all the blue milk bottle tops the bowerbird has collected. I actually prefer the plumage of the female even if she has no sheen.

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  31. I've seen the information and story about the Bower birds on tv only....this is great..... what a lot of work the male goes to in order to attract his mate....

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  32. What a fascinating bird. I wonder why they gather "blue" stuff to attract the mate. I'm guessing it has to do with his coloring. I really enjoyed this post and your wonderful photos.

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  33. Gorgeous birds. Such interesting and clever behavior.

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  34. Such beautiful, and colorful birds! The Bower bird is my favorite!

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  35. Such a nice variety of birds you were able to see and photograph!

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  36. Gorgeous birds and very clever. Interesting how the bower bird collects blue things

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  37. Your photography is fabulous! Love these beautiful images.

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