Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 273 - Satin Bowerbird

I don't have much time this week - so this week's WBW will be much shorter than normal!

These are some pictures of a male Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) from the week we spent at Apollo Bay.

There were often a dozen of more of these birds in the garden - but they were very flighty, and it was rather hard to get pictures of them.  I think the best way would have been to have used a hide on the verandah of the house - but as I dont have a hide that was not possible!

The blue males seemed a little braver than the 'green' birds - which are females and immature birds.  However, I was rather pleased with the shots of the male in the tree.

Also - I have added some video footage of a 'foraging party' that was on the lawn for one of the afternoons.  This footage was taken with a Trail Cam, which was left in garden all day.







As ever, to join in just click the blue button and off you go!


22 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
handsome fellow! YAM xx

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Beautiful bird, and beautiful shots ... kudos

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is a handsome bird. Lovely color and sheen! Great shots. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your day and new week!

Brian King said...

Beautiful deep purple/blue plumage! Gorgeous photos!

Missy George said...

Lovely pictures..Pretty sheen to its plumage.

NatureFootstep said...

I did see them They are beautiful. Great job to catch them in camera.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice looking birds! Great photos of them also Stewart.

Marie Smith said...

Great video showing the differences among bowerbirds.

Andrea Priebe said...

Wow a broad chested handsome male ... I wonder if he is covering a six pack under those gorgeous blue feathers. And the foraging party, the girls (and juveniles) really outnumber the single male. Lucky him or maybe lucky them. Don't you wonder who rules the roost? I agree the pictures are awesome and he is truly a handsome bird. I am impressed that you are adding videos ... a step up in the world. You will notice that I have taken your advice and I am sticking to bigger birds, not by choice mind you, but they seem to be the only ones I can spot with my camera. Getting old has some downsides :( Be well ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

His plumage is truly like satin. It is interesting how the females and younger birds on the lawn did not move a step away from their chosen foraging spot. They would stretch their necks for a morsel but not budge an inch!

mick said...

Great photos of very interesting birds. I few years back I had some resident at my place on the mid north coast of NSW. As you show on that video they tend to do things as a group and it was disastrous when they came down on our fruit trees as a group!

Jo said...

Wow Stewart, they ceratinly are satiny birds! Thanks for hosting this meme. I've linked up a bird call today. Off to read your "wordy" blog. Greetings Jo

A Quiet Corner said...

What a striking bird, Stewart. The group foraging reminds me of our Starlings...:)JP

photodoug said...

Stewart, what fantastic coloring. Thanks for sharing.

A Colorful World said...

They are such gorgeous birds! Have a great week!

Rhodesia said...

Great photos and I love that blue eye :-) Cheers Diane

Nora said...

lovely colors and nice sheen on that satin! Always a new bird in here for me to drool over, thanks so much for hosting.

Jeannie said...

My first time to add a link. I was recommended by Lea: https://leasmenagerie.blogspot.com/
so this is my first time to visit. I enjoy watching birds and will enjoy your blog.
Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

TheChieftess said...

Handsome birds! So black they shine with a blue sheen! I linked to your site from my post this week...I even mentioned you!!! In reference to my birds! Don't remember what they were!

David Gascoigne said...

Great shots of the only bowerbird I have ever seen. Having seen bowerbirds featured so often on nature shows it was quite wonderful to see the real thing.

TheChieftess said...

Thank you for chiming in on my blog Stewart!!! I knew you'd know what kind of birds they were! The crocs were a bit scarier!

Weekend-Windup said...

Beautiful birds!