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Regent Bowerbird - Lansdowne by louisegreen
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Digital photo September 2008
Lansdowne, NSW

The male Regent Bowerbird is a spectacular bird with brilliant plumage of golden yellow & black. Adult colours are acquired at 5 years. The female is nowhere near as stunning as her mate – she is olive brown with grey flecks in colour & black under her throat.

The male builds a bower on the ground made up of a shallow layer of twigs which forms the base of two parallel walls up to 30cm high, like an avenue. He will collect a variety of objects such as shells, leaves, seeds & berries to attract a female.
The actual nest is made up of a loose saucer of twigs built high in rainforest creepers where the female will lay 2 eggs. Breeding season is from October – January.

Regent Bowerbirds inhabit rainforest margins, coastal scrub, orchards & gardens. They are seen on the east coast of Australia, ranging from as far north as The Great Divide to coastal fringes of Sydney, NSW.

(This male was feeding on bottlebrush nectar in our garden)

Featured in THE MIGHTY MANNING VALLEY GROUP – June 2009

Equine artist working in pastel, oils & acrylics – specialising in the romantic Friesian horse & magical Gypsy Cob. I also like to paint landscapes, unicorns & fantasy. I live on a farm surrounded by native animals & birds, horses, cattle, a few sheep & 3 dogs with my partner based on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

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Comments

  • Mike Paget
    Mike Pagetover 6 years ago

    Great shot Louise!

  • Hi Mike, thank you very much.

    – louisegreen

  • Lisa Taylor
    Lisa Taylorover 6 years ago

    Oh this shot captures the majesty of this bird! Love it with the foliage surrounding him! FABULOUS!!!

  • Thank you Lisa, always nice to hear from you. I was so blessed to get photos of this beautiful bird as this was the first time he visited our garden & I hope he returns again.

    – louisegreen

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 6 years ago

    ohh Louise, what a beauty!!!

  • Thanks Tahnja, their colours are so vivid & perfect, he was just glowing.

    – louisegreen

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 6 years ago

    the colours are just amazing ..and good shot..

  • Thank you….I hope this beautiful bird visits again.

    – louisegreen

  • Carol Field
    Carol Fieldabout 6 years ago

    wow……would you check out his colors….love it

  • Thank you….isn’t he just gorgeous!

    – louisegreen

  • skyhorse
    skyhorseabout 6 years ago

    Amazing, I think he is truly spectacular – lovely shot!

  • Thanks for dropping by Skyhorse, yes these birds are truly stunning.
    They absolutely glow a rich yellow gold & deep black.

    – louisegreen

  • Mariann Rea
    Mariann Reaover 5 years ago

    wow… stunning bird

  • Thanks for viewing Mariann:-)

    – louisegreen

  • Graham Mewburn
    Graham Mewburnover 5 years ago

    Louise
    what a wonderful capture
    a truly beautiful creation
    thank you for contributing this glorious bird to ‘The Mighty Manning’ group
    cheers
    Gray

  • My pleasure, I’m honoured to be featured, thank you Graham.

    – louisegreen

  • christophermp
    christophermpover 5 years ago

    Awesome shot Louise, love those colours.

  • Thanks Christopher, appreciate you dropping by.

    – louisegreen

  • Rodney Trenchard
    Rodney Trenchardover 5 years ago

    Wow what a great shot i know how hard they are to see let alone photograph.. stunning work! Your very lucky indead

  • Thanks for the Wow Rodney. I had never seen these birds so close to the house before & when this guy flew right near our verandah I barely had time to grab the camera. I felt blessed that he stayed in the tree for several minutes & I was able to get quite close to him.
    Would you believe it, we were at our neighbours place the other day
    & there was a huge flock of them (probably 30 or so) in the top branches of a tree at their front gate. I had to look twice, there were
    so many brightly coloured males & when they flew away towards the river my only regret was that I did not have the camera with me.

    – louisegreen

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