Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Birds at Queen Mary Falls - I

So, let's start with the birds slowly. I don't have photos of all twelve of the new birds that E identified, but I a got some of them pretty well. Above you see the Variegated Fairy Wren. Here is a couple preening on a limb near the picnic table where we had our lunch.

Here's some more photos of the couple. the one of the left with the rust eye-band is the female. It seems interesting that the female is the more brightly colored. E tells me that the male will change clothes for breeding season (soon?) to be a bright cerulean blue.

Next, we move on to the Satin Bowerbird with her bright blue eyes. After studying the book a bit, we realized that all ones we identified were female. The male is glossy blue-black. We probably saw them and never made the connection. They didn't seem to hang out together. These are "avenue-type" bower birds that nest on the ground in a nest with two walls in a straight line. He decorates his nest and courts the female with brightly colored objects.