Bowerbird by koalagardens

Bowerbird

I've been hoping to photograph this gorgeous Regent bowerbird for some years. Usually all I see is this incredible flash of gold and black as he goes flying off. They are incredibly shy!
I have known he visits my bird bath since my pond dried up last year. But even a slight movement of me inside the house and he is gone.
Finally this morning it came together. There is a closed glass door between us, then a verandah several metres wide. The verandah is then enclosed with fly screen. Finally then a few more metres to the bird bath.
He was actually bathing behind the statue too and I had to just sit focused on that spot and hope he would step to the side.
Finally he did, and yet he turned and looked at me even so as I got this photo, and a moment later in a brilliant flash, he was gone.
One happy girl!

Regent bowerbirds in particular are known to mix a muddy greyish blue or pea green "saliva paint" in their mouths which they use to decorate their bowers. The male builds an avenue-type bower consisting of two walls of sticks, decorated with shells, seeds, leaves and berries. Regents will sometimes use wads of greenish leaves as "paintbrushes" to help spread the substance, representing one of the few known instances of tools used by birds.

I know his bower is in the rainforest remnant on the property but I have never gone looking for it as I would hate to disturb him enough that he may leave. I'm happy with this image to prove that indeed he lives here and visits right up to the house :)
Beautiful. Would make a great painting!
November 1st, 2019  
Congratulations and favtastic :)
November 1st, 2019  
Great capture, congratulations, you patience has been awarded, thanks for the information. Fav
November 1st, 2019  
I can imagine your excitement at capturing this elusive bird. Lovely shot!
November 1st, 2019  
Such a show off colours to be so shy - well done for the shot !
November 1st, 2019  
Your patience was well rewarded! Interesting info too.
November 1st, 2019  
What a beautiful bird!
November 1st, 2019  
Marvelous photo and I loved your narrative.
November 1st, 2019  
Congratulations on this wonderful capture. Patience is one of the most valuable tools in a photographer’s arsenal.
November 1st, 2019  
Oh well done. Your patience has paid off. fav.
November 1st, 2019  
Joy
Beautiful bird!
November 1st, 2019  
Nice capture!!
November 1st, 2019  
bep
Gorgeous bird.
November 1st, 2019  
Wow, how beautiful!
November 1st, 2019  
Congratulations! And such a beautiful bird!
November 1st, 2019  
Wow, he is beautiful looking. Great shot.
November 1st, 2019  
Beautiful bird... so, one less on the bucketlist? :)
November 1st, 2019  
Beautiful shot. Even the comp is good. Hope he visits again.
November 1st, 2019  
Wonderful capture with great light, feather details
November 1st, 2019  
Lovely capture fv!
November 1st, 2019  
Fantastic capture!
November 1st, 2019  
What a striking colour combination of this birds plumage!
November 1st, 2019  
Perseverance pays off...
November 1st, 2019  
Nice shot
November 1st, 2019  
Great capture!
November 1st, 2019  
Wonderful capture
November 2nd, 2019  
Super capture.
November 2nd, 2019  
You got it beautifully
November 2nd, 2019  
Excellent capture..
November 2nd, 2019  
Well caught.
November 2nd, 2019  
Wonderful capture and information Fav
November 2nd, 2019  
Peek-a-Boo
fav
November 2nd, 2019  
Great capture
November 2nd, 2019  
gorgeous bird, cool composition and capture ~ fav
November 3rd, 2019  
This video had just showed up on my Facebook feed, the bird in it isn’t as gorgeous as yours but the behavior is fascinating. https://youtu.be/RXwJ3QFIOkg
November 5th, 2019  
@pandorasecho oh thanks for sharing that - it was great! That's why I don't go searching for his bower, I couldn't imagine disturbing him and scaring him off his territory. But it would be so awesome to see! I stick to paths I've made through the property so that I don't crush nests in the grasses and disturb fragile habitat.
November 5th, 2019  
Amazing bird shot! I am glad that it was one of the Top Twenty for the week! Very deserving! FAV!
November 8th, 2019  
Congratulations on the TT...loved this one! :)
November 8th, 2019  
@skipt07 @gardenfolk oh thank you so much, what a lovely surprise!
November 8th, 2019  
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