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, June 26, 2017

no camera

The camera seems to have been stolen from my front yard.

This past weekend 
  • I found and ordered the camera below on Saturday,
  •  got confirmation that it was in the mail on Monday morning.... and on Monday afternoon, of course, I found the 'old' camera, which was where I apparently left it...
 An so this afternoon, Tuesday, I have been assembling a movie from the contents of the card in the camera found. Which movie posted shortly. And the camera is out ready for action in the morning. Here we are in mid-winter and there is still squawking activity at the bower every day. Nights close to zero celsius.
I have (I wrote Saturday) ordered as replacement this camera, which has the security virtue that it cannot be used without the remote control, which I will keep in the house. I may also cut a window in a cashbox and lock the camera in the cashbox, fixing the cashbox to the chair with a padlock. Not losing the portability of the chair.

There will be a gap in the story. This type of camera with a remote controller is not available in Australia so it will be several weeks coming from China.

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