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Old 5th September 2012
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Bluebird of Happiness

Well - sort of.
This bird did make me very happy indeed.
We were walking in a garden and I was photographing flowers, when this bird jumped onto the birdbath very close to us and I snatched a shot. Had the 14-42mm lens on, so this was the best I could do, but I am hoping Ross will confirm that it is a Satin Bowerbird.
A real treat for us southerners if so.

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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

I'd be worried if I were the fish, I'd say it's in shallow trouble, Lyn.
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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

Great capture - especially the detail of face/beak and a catchlight inthe eye woweee BiF next
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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

That is a lovely capture of the male Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus).

We had a male in our yard eating the chook's pellets but he took off when he saw me & not to steal your thunder, but to show the female (assuming it's not a juvenile male) for others seeing this thread, here is the female that came shortly afterwards (as posted in this thread).



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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

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I'd be worried if I were the fish, I'd say it's in shallow trouble, Lyn.
Hi Mark - you always say you don't notice detail, but I am gob-smacked!
Neither Neil or I noticed the fish - at the time - or when I processed the photo! other shots confirm it is a fish!
The bird had a great bath with much splashing - showed no interest in the fish at all.
Who on earth would put a goldfish in a birdbath!
I wish I had noticed at the time!
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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

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That is a lovely capture of the male Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus).

We had a male in our yard eating the chook's pellets but he took off when he saw me & not to steal your thunder, but to show the female (assuming it's not a juvenile male) for others seeing this thread, here is the female that came shortly afterwards (as posted in this thread).



Thanks Chevvy - it was a really quick snap, I was scared we would spook him. I was so surprised when he appeared I am amazed the photo came out at all!

Ross - thanks for the confirmation. I looked him up and thought he was the male bowerbird. The book told me bowerbirds are dimorphic (I had to look that up too! ) we didn't see the female at all, but I am thrilled to have captured this one.
Is this the bowerbird that collects blue objects? My book says there are several types.
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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

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Ross - thanks for the confirmation. I looked him up and thought he was the male bowerbird. The book told me bowerbirds are dimorphic (I had to look that up too! ) we didn't see the female at all, but I am thrilled to have captured this one.
Is this the bowerbird that collects blue objects? My book says there are several types.
Yes (I think so) & we find blue pegs dropped here & there around our place on the odd occasion, but I've never found the bower (might be in the part of backyard of the neighbours place that doesn't get disturbed). We get lots of female & juvenile birds here (it's a bit hard to tell them apart) & it is only occasional that we see the male. They love the fruit from the Lilly Pilly (as well as our chook pellets) & some insects, but I doubt they'd be interested in fish. Leave that to the Kookaburras.
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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

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Yes (I think so) & we find blue pegs dropped here & there around our place on the odd occasion, but I've never found the bower (might be in the part of backyard of the neighbours place that doesn't get disturbed). We get lots of female & juvenile birds here (it's a bit hard to tell them apart) & it is only occasional that we see the male. They love the fruit from the Lilly Pilly (as well as our chook pellets) & some insects, but I doubt they'd be interested in fish. Leave that to the Kookaburras.
On reflection (and much enlarging of photos) I don't think it is a fish at all. Probably one of the orange leaves fallen into the bath. No fish could survive in that shallow water. Hope it was a leaf as he had a very vigorous bath and fish would have been flicked out.
Someone told me Ross, that the males don't get that gorgeous blue/black colour until they are 7 years old and the plumage is really dark black and looks blue due to the way the light hits the feathers. You are so lucky to have them around.
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On reflection (and much enlarging of photos) I don't think it is a fish at all. Probably one of the orange leaves fallen into the bath. No fish could survive in that shallow water. Hope it was a leaf as he had a very vigorous bath and fish would have been flicked out.
Someone told me Ross, that the males don't get that gorgeous blue/black colour until they are 7 years old and the plumage is really dark black and looks blue due to the way the light hits the feathers. You are so lucky to have them around.
I didn't think a fish would survive long unprotected & in that shallow water either. I could believe that for the males. I don't know (or haven't found out yet) how long it takes for the black to take over with the males.
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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

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I didn't think a fish would survive long unprotected & in that shallow water either. I could believe that for the males. I don't know (or haven't found out yet) how long it takes for the black to take over with the males.
Hi Ross - you may have already read this, but it mentions the colour and the longevity of the bird. They really are fascinating.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satin_B...aders_digest-0
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Hi Ross - you may have already read this, but it mentions the colour and the longevity of the bird. They really are fascinating.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satin_B...aders_digest-0
Thanks Lyn. I might be good at providing links but not so good at reading it all. They are long livers then & the males take a long time to grow up, unlike us.
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Re: Bluebird of Happiness

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On reflection (and much enlarging of photos) I don't think it is a fish at all. Probably one of the orange leaves fallen into the bath. No fish could survive in that shallow water. Hope it was a leaf as he had a very vigorous bath and fish would have been flicked out.
What a shame. I thought you'd captured the rare Australian "leaping goldfish" Carassius australis leapii

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