Satin Bowerbirds

Wildlife in the Garden
Satin Bowerbirds by Keith Horton

Image details - Satin Bowerbirds

Photographer: Keith Horton (see profile)
Competition: Competition 17
Category: Wildlife in the Garden
Location: University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia


A pair of satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), the male (pictured right) builds specialised stick structures, called bowers, and they decorate the area with bright blue coloured, foraged objects. These objects are sometimes natural objects such as feathers and flowers, but in urban settings they are more often artificial items, mostly plastic. The female (pictured left) visits these bowers, and based on their inspections, chooses whether to allow a male to mate with them. This scene is comprised of two photos, focus stacked together.


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