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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

no visible action at home, went out to clear minds

Every day there are bowerbirds (and many other birds) around the house, but no one has walked in front of the camera.

We did something entirely different today. 45 minutes from home to this magical place, alone

We are two months into very severe drought, but here, from under the scarp, wonderful clear water flows. And from here in the Kangaroo River to where the Kangaroo from the north meets the Shoalhaven coming from the south behind Tallowa Dam. Downstream water drawn for Nowra, from behind the dam water taken up near Fitzroy Falls to go on to the Sydney water supply.

But listen to the sound of freshest fresh water.

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