Frodo and I, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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Long way @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

We have come a long way, Frodo and I. Yes, we have. It’s been a long time coming.

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Take a bow @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

We greet each other for breakfast nowadays.

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Breakfast with friends @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sometimes he brings his friends just as well.

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Role reversal @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It’s evident that the bowerbirds instructed me these days. A role reversal par-excellence. And a ‘pas-ou-doublé’. It took me a while to work out, that there are two male bowerbirds playing tricks on me.

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Blueberry Frogo @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Blueberry Frodo’s’ home is in the southwestern direction.

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Strawberry @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Whilst ‘Strawberry Frodo’ typically flies in from the northern fringes.

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Safe distance @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bowerbird ladies weren’t as game as the boys at this stage, unfortunately.

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Gorgeous @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But they still presented themselves gorgeous in further distance. 

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Bohemian @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Our first close-up encounter was only a few weeks ago.

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Artistic @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Did I mention my bower before? Of course, I did.

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Art @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A real life transforming piece of art, I might say.

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Lookout point @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bowerbirds had already been swooped by magpies several times this particular morning.

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Stage fright @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Blueberry Frodo seemed nervous as he entered the stage. Scanning the sky for swift areal attacks.

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No sharing @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A delightful female bowerbird joined him for breakfast. Frodo doesn’t like sharing food at the best of times.

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Scanning @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I carefully aimed my camera at him from the porch.

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Smile @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Give us a smile, Frodo. He clearly wasn’t in a joyful mood.

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Spooked @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Something spooked him and he darted straight towards me, missing my camera and head narrowly. Followed by a ‘clunk’ sound right behind me.

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Stunned @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A bewildered bowerbird stared straight into my eyes. His unmissable blue eyes are hypnotising.

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Specsavers? @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

We both didn’t see that coming, no we didn’t. Confused and dazed, we stared at each other for a few seconds. Bad day, huh?

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Hasty retreat @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He nodded his head as he took off again. Wow, what an experience that was! 

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Umhh @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He wasn’t even a meter away from me. Things that make me go ‘ummhh’.

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Crazy @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Ever since that day, life gets a bit crazy around here.

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Startled @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bowerbirds have startled me a few times as they appear out of nowhere.

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I am here! @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Either one of the male satin bowerbirds suddenly emerged on the hardwood veranda rail.

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Good morning Frodo @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Well, top of the morning to you Frodo. Howz your day going? Would you like some breakfast’?

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Breakfast @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He doesn’t take rhetorical questions lightly. ‘I know you have a stash here somewhere’.

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Conspicuous @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

His body language is just so conspicuous.

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There he is @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Hurry, a magpie could ambush at any time’.

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The beginning @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And so it began. A fruitful friendship for all of us laid ahead.

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Fruitful @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

We all agreed on the following rules. As long as I supply a nutritional diet, the fellowship will appear from time to time to cash in.

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Jackpot @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It’s fair to say that everyone hit the jackpot.

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Home alone @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The birds made themselves at home along the patio.

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Faith @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This stands for a tremendous act of faith from all participants.

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Delighted @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

To my delight, the bowerbirds weren’t the only ones, who endorsed to terms and conditions.

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The Railway @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Word spread quickly within the shire as new guests arrived. The veranda rail became a theatre stage on its own. I was smiling.

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The hub @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

My ever-changing bower prevailed as the hub of the hood.

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Over sized @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

All residents of middle earth dropped in for a visit. They appeared in all shapes and sizes.

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Cute @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Zoe and her cute offspring, Joey, hopped by more and more often.

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Zoe @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

She too has been extremely timid not so long ago.

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Precious @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Who can blame her with such gorgeous cargo.

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Weeeee @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He spends a good amount of time out of the pouch, as the next generation is already in process.

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Fly-by @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Magpies used their fly-bys for a snaccident. They too have hungry beaks to fill.

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Full bower @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Ducks? Well, they are just ducks doing what ducks do.

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Mischiefers @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These three mischiefers in particular.

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Where are they? @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The mating season is in full swing.

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Sunshine the White @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Sunshine the White’ cleared the district rather quickly. Size does matter.

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Chester the Gray @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

As ‘Chester the Gray’ pondered on. 

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Entertaining @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What a show!

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Various @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I could never predict who would enter the spotlight next.

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Love it @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Love it.

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Love it @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Love it.

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Loving it @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Loving it. 

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