A bird called Frodo, Coffs Coast, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Wondering @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I was just looking over ‘my bower’ towards a rustic Bauhinia Tree, where an adorable female bowerbird just landed.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Stunning @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

She looks very relaxed, even with me sitting only a few meters away. All those greens in various contours blend in superbly with her environment.

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Tree of life @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Not to mention the countrified tree behind her. It’s the tree of life in the shire.

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Double up @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I counted up to 6 females in one sitting, but there may be more.

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Mordor @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The forest extends over the horizon into the Great Dividing Range of ‘Mordor’. Precious they are.

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Outstanding @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Back in middle earth, the native blossoming trees attract our hoppits.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Hop around @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bowerbirds hop from here to there and then bop back again.

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Ready? @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Naturally, male specimen were given the name of ‘Frodo’.

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Apperal @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Who else would be looking for ‘the Precious’?

His fellowship of bowerbirds was never far away. 

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Penguin? @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It all started with a few sightings here and there. The bowerbirds were often too far and too quick for my camera. They don’t stand still for long.

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Spring @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Spring into spring, and that threw me a lifeline.

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Food source @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This purple flower Bauhinia tree is a major draw-card. It comes naturally.

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Gymnast @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Visitors of all nature favour this incredible tree.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Regional and Regent @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

My first and only sighting of a Regent Bowerbird occurred here.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Orchid like @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bauhinia trees are commonly known as Orchid Trees. The flower’s shape is similar to an orchid’s leaf pattern.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
White Bauhinia @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They blossom from white to pink and purple.

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Peddlefield @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

If these flowers taste as sweet as they smell, the birds are in for a treat. How about this idea?

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Hungry @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Maybe I can treat the bowerbirds for dessert? They are hungry and fruits are good for anyone.

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Orange weightlifting @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I gradually placed discarded fruit near the Orchid tree, which attracted the birds in the first place. It worked that treat.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Routine @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A routine pattern emerged within the bird’s community. Which was exactly what I hoped for. The area was scanned from a safe vantage point.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Sugar-rush @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

If no swooping magpies were detected in the sky above, sweet flower peddles were a delicate appetiser.

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Timid @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The ground level was carefully examined for fruits and seeds, whilst gradually descending.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Stunning @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Gradually and cautiously we got used to each other’s presence. But they were still timid and any fast movement spooked them off.

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Think like a bowerbird @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What to do, how to do? What would an atten-pro do?

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Atten-Pro @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘The solution is quite simple, actually!’ I could hear his English accent chanting through my ears. ‘Read the signs!’ Thank you, Sir David, I must build a bower!

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Dance ritual @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It’s spring after all. The mating and nesting season is in full swing. A bowerbird’s chanter is easily recognised.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Bird of paradise @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The show is spectacular as males performe a dance-off in nearby trees. Australia’s birds of paradise.

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Thats the idea @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A well-advertised allocated area would give a food-source point of interest. And could act as a visual shelter from aerial attacks.

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So cute @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And who knows who else will drop in. Anything can happen around the ‘tree of life’.

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Colours! @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I was excited. Very Exited. My creative mind kicked into overdrive.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Shake your booty @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I can build a hip-hop arena for the bowerbirds.

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Flowergirl @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I started with a few Azalea flowers scattered over the grassy carpet.

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Azalea @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Outstanding. Fruits and seeds were placed around the flowers. Could it get better? You bet.

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Decorations @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I couldn’t wait to get started and decorate the area with fresh spring flowers in various shapes and sizes.

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Spectrum @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A rainbow spectrum bonanza on soft green grass.

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Leafy surrounding @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Leafy twigs added structure, as the veins stream to the middle artery.

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Added up @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Added to the bowerbird’s colours and patterns.

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Shadows @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Colours and shadows change en-course with the sun throughout the day, which gave me different light angles.

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Observing @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It wasn’t hard to miss their favourite treats. Quickly added to my fruity shopping list.

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Favourite @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Oranges are high on the demand list.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Male favourite @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

So are blueberries.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Female favourite @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And strawberries.

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Painting @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I wonder what else I can add to this painting.

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Pine cone @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pine cones appeared out of nowhere.

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Vantage point @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A landing stick for the birds created an elevated view over the bower.

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Ginger @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Green ginger plants advertise a dramatic backdrop. They also create a tunnel for the birds to hop through.

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Channel @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I could channel the birds through this tunnel to bypass colourful patterns straight into my lens.

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Bower @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bower would never be as perfect as the bird’s bowers.

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Just perfect @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But it will be perfect for photography.

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Camou-Cam reveals @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

More and more pieces were added to this lifeline puzzle. Camou-Cam was deployed on an undercover series.

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Wondering @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Different ideas implemented from other parts of the puzzle. It was a fun and exciting challenge, that’s what it comes down to.

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Treat @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I couldn’t stop smiling. Photographic opportunities of this bower exceeded all expectations.

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Under cover @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The fellowship gathered within my bower.

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Eco-system @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Little did I know, that this bower created a mini eco-system for all animals. Job well done.

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The Beginning @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But that’s not the end. It was only just the beginning.

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Close-Up @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Events got personal.

Space invasion was frequently conducted by

A bird called Frodo.

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