13 March 2014

Satin Bowerbird, and others...

What a fluke on this morning when I was outdoors with my camera, lining up a massive spiderweb, when I heard a bird land on the Colourbond (tin) decking-roof, behind me.  Turning back to see what, it saw me, and took off to the far boundary fence-line and obligingly turned around my direction!

It all happened in a flash, and just long enough for this single shutter-click.

A female, or juvenile Satin Bowerbird, and a new kid on the block really, though I'd seen two feeding on the Michelia (red seeds), a few mornings previous.  Very shy birds too, so I consider myself really lucky to have had them in so close, and on this occasion, while I had my camera in hand.


Same day, later in the afternoon, a few Noisy Miners were about, one checking out the rain gauge,


while another lands nearby 

a Wattlebird checks the bird-bath

and it's the Red Wattlebird

a group meeting

and surprise, surprise, in bounces the curious Satin Bowerbird, just to see what's happening around here.  Bonanza!  Two totally unexpected shots at it on the same day.

22 comments:

Montanagirl said...

GREAT shots of the birds! It's always exciting to get an unexpected visitor to one's yard.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of all these birds. The group meeting is so funny ! Amazing ! Best regards, Synnöve

Isidro Ortiz said...

Bonitas capturas.Un abrazo

TexWisGirl said...

you have the COOLEST backyard birds!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Australian birds, they are so different.

Irma said...

Beautiful photos Carole, nice to see it in your garden.
The third picture is really quite amazing, perfectly sharp and detail.
Greetings Irma

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

you have the greatest birds in Australia. so neat!! ( :

Lisa Gordon said...

I always love to see your feathered friends, Carole, and that Bowerbird is just gorgeous!

Happy day to you.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a stroke of good fortune for you. I've learned in instances like this is to just take a quick grab shot like you did before trying for a nicer one. Something is better than nothing.

hannah said...

Hello Carole, Those Noisy Miners [is that there real name?] look so unreal. Like toys.
Great pictures. hannah

Roy Norris said...

They are all very similar shaped birds Carole. They have Thrush/Blackbird type bodies, but the heads and beaks don't look as if they should fit.
I don't think we have anything like that (natively)

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

oh how nice and a surprise of shots
as I read your blog and seen what you took. Beautiful birds.

Bonus.

eileeninmd said...

What a nice surprise and shot. I love the Miners, their eyes are so cool looking.. Great birds and photos, Carole! Enjoy your weekend!

Brian King said...

Love the touch of yellow behind the eyes! Beautiful bird!

Jan Castle said...

Lucky you to have been ready for the shot of the Bowerbird!!! Nice shot Carole!
Jan

DeniseinVA said...

Super photos Carole! I have heard of Bowerbirds and have seen them on nature shows. Your minor birds are really pretty. I have seen them on a vacation in Hawaii but they are a different coloring. I also wanted to say how much I liked your profile picture. You look so lovely in your hat.

Ida said...

You have the most wonderful array of birds where you live. How fun to have captured that Bowerbird twice in the same day.
Those Miner birds are interesting. I love the expression of the two in the "Group Meeting" shot.

maryaustria said...

Gorgeous shots! The Wattlebird has a very nice back!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Carole Great shots of all the birds. Amazing that the feamls Bowerbird has come to your garden, now you want the blue male to put in an appearance. I love the Miners on the bird bath. The 2 to the right looks like 2 old men meeting.

Kleine Waldameise said...

Welch bezaubernde, lustige Vögel. Ich beneide Sie um diese Begegnung. Danke, dass Sie sie mit uns teilen.

Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht
die Waldameise

Ela said...

Such great shots !

Helma said...

I am amazed at the amount of different birds that shows again and again. And there are still all of those beautiful and special birds. I also really enjoy this very much :-)