ODIMBAR (One Day I Might Be A Raptor) was not here on 5 April 2017, but had set up his court by 14 April. From behaviour we have considered that he is newly adult-fledged, but he could be an older bird who has shifted his court. It is autumn and the courting that dominates reporting on bowerbirds is not due till spring.

As we begin this blog on 16 April 2017, we already have our hearts in our mouths, concerned that this new family member outside our suburban bedroom window will survive the competition and that his court may thrive. His day is busy: hunting, building, learning, asserting, defending, charming, singing, raucous caucusing and dancing.

And the evidence before us, of daily life, is much more complex than what one usually reads or views on Youtube, of isolated males building bowers in spring to try to entice picky females with whom their relations are fleeting. It's not like that at all here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

24 April: first film with fixed camera

[second movie added 25 April]

I set the camera up facing the bower at about 4.30pm on 22 April and got the SD card out of it this morning at about 9am, having forgotten to do that in the night.

Downloaded 27gb of movie at about 250mb a minute, camera recording for 60 seconds when some creature moves, 20 second gap or until activated again. It has taken me much of the day to produce this little movie of 12 minutes. :-)

After an hour I went out to reinstall the camera card and was alarmed to see the bower smashed to scattered sticks. So set about making a movie thinking this would be the last. But by the middle of the day Odimbar had built it again. And at 4.30pm 24 April his singing is coming in the window.

So this is just a bit of what I already have downloaded: from 4.30pm 22 April tojust after 8am next day. You can see the time in the lower right corner of the film.

A reminder that this is autumn here and as everyone knows, male Satin Bowerbirds build their bowers, in which to court women, in SPRING. We wait to see what happens in winter. And we speculate on roles: clearly some juvenile(s) of female(s) work on the bower too. Time to review gender roles among bowerbirds too?

and for the rest of the day

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