We are in a temperate climate, south of Sydney Australia, near the coast. Autumn weather at the moment, days persistently balmy with temperatures 14 to 23 celsius with occasional excursions above of below.
If the bowerbird is building because it's mistaken the season we should know by next month.
We now have a camera in place in the garden which begins to film when there is movement. Put in place, attached to an old chair frame, end of yesterday, 22 April. We can lift the chair away at the end of the day today (without fumbling about with the camera near the bower). If you don't hear from me again it will be because I'm drowning in hours of recording!
This is the setup: bower on the right, camera on the chairback on the left, adjacent to the water bowl.
|Bower to right, on the left the water bowl on concrete block, dark green boxy camera on back of steel chair.|
and here is the handheld movie from 22 April, from the bedroom window from which the photos above are also taken.