Sticky Business, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia
Ever-changing @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bower changed colours and patterns almost daily.

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Next level @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fresh ideas increased the size of the belvedere, taking it up to the next level.

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Newcomer @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

New implications were nurtured according to the birds behaviour.

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Lookout point @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A higher vantage point was needed.

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Addition @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These recent elements around my bower opened up another chapter of my photo gallery.

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Upside down @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It turned middle earth upside down. Fabulous.

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Split second @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I am still captivated by some of the photos taken. With plenty more to come.

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More to come @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Recourses blew all expectations out of proportion.

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Pop up @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Popeye popped up in places no one expected.

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All smiles @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I was smiling all the way.

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High-Five @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Five sticks are currently placed around the bower area as popularity grew dimensionally.

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High-Four @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

High-five to that.

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Sticky business @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It is a sticky business.

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

All feathered dwellers from the shire realised the options given.

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Unusual friends @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Friends were made.

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Improvising @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I discovered some unexpected bird behaviour along the way.

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Feathers @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And captured some colourful feathers.

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Mindful @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mindful landowners position stakes in larger bodies of water.

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Gripping @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It allows birds to drink sure-footed and safe.

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Splish Splash @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It gives them a firm grip to hold on to, if they do end up in the water.

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Small things @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It’s small things like these that make a big difference.

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Morning glory @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

If nothing else, the stick was an outstanding resting spot in the early morning sun.

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Easy grip @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Birds find beams easy to land on.

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Getaway @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A higher vantage point ensured them safety for a quicker getaway.

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Project @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And so I began my own sticky project.

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Safe @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The first branch was quickly noted as ‘safe’ to land on, very much to my delight.

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Up for seconds @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A second beam was originally added to support the taller timber from the birds velocity.

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Quick @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They are quick of the mark.

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Velocity @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A bowerbird’s bionic legs are perfect shock absorbers. I had to re-erect the limb a few times daily.

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Popular @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The short stick proved to be very popular as well.

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Hop one two @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It turned out that the bowerbirds enjoy hopping from one to the other.

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Third @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The colours and structure attracted me to the third pole.

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Heads up @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Not quite wallaby height, this branched off for a different purpose.

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

A horizontal latitude over the feeding area provides yet another perspective.

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Fabulous @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Looking good.

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Landing @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It gave all fly-byes an additional landing alternative.

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Blueberry stick @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Blueberries fit perfectly on branch edges.

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Fresh strawberries @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Strawberries needed a bit more care taken.

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Punctured @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Although, thin twigs punctured fruit in a stable manner above ground level.

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Occupied @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This is an important factor when larger participants already occupy the spotlight. Larger than life.

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Silhouette @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Flowers look wonderful on either branch in any colour or silhouette.

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We don’t need no education @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Red amaryllis subsisted as my imaginary speaker system around ‘The Wall’ of Green.

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Open Stage @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Leave them birds alone!

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Duck @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Duck, Joey. It’s the Macarena’.

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Whats in there? @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The layout of the blooms were ideal to hide smaller fruits within.

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On the move @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Unfortunately, the hollow stem couldn’t hold the weight and movements of the bowerbirds.

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Grip on @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Agapanthus have a solid stem, which makes them ideal to climb upon.

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Agapanthus @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They too were perfect to hide and seek fruits.

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Flower diver @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I was curious to see how the bowerbirds would dive into this colourful spectrum.

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So close @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I positioned the flowers just far enough from the poles to avoid easy pickings.

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Fascinating @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It was fascinating. These acrobatics emerged like a treasure hunt for a juicy prize.

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U-turn @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Each bird had different ideas on how to collect the award.

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Perfect execution @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These entertaining gymnasts earned their fruity reward.

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Merry Xmas @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The flower bouquet of this cactus appeared like a Christmas Tree. Merry Christmas.

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Apperal @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Within the stick forest, I was able to promote blue gems.

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The Precious @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They are highly sought after by male bowerbirds.

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Beginner @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even immature male bowerbirds can’t resist them. It takes them 7 years to develop a shiny gown.

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Blues @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The blues are reflecting ornaments on the dance floor.

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Hypnotised @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I presume that this layout deceives females from being watched from different angles. Hypnotising.

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Pole-dance @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It’s all about the angle.

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Line check @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

As an experienced angler, I carefully selected an appropriate fishing line and tied relevant knots to ensure, that absolutely no harm will be caused to the birds. Common sense!

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Fishing @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Apart from some pride. Regardless, it felt just like fishing.

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Fishy, fishy, fishy @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rod and line were perfectly positioned as the bait was dangling in the wind.

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Patience and dedication @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Patience and dedication were often tested, but the results are outstanding.

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Hooked @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I landed some terrific specimens.

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Colourful Bycatch @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bycatch wasn’t too bad either.

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High and dry @ Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The birds got used to my field-deployed camera quickly, which was just fabulous.

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Unusual view @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Camouflage-cam was shifted directly under the stick for a rarely glimpsed view. No sunlight reflects from the ground, generating gloomy light condition.

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

Blueberry hill came up trumps with some very close bird encounters.

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Focus point @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This versatile and explosive fruit grenade was the magnet of the bower and my focus point.

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Smile! You’re on camera! @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Purposely tilted against the original landing stick sure did the trick.

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Take away @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bowerbirds didn’t need to jump off for a quick refresher snack.

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Agility @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

One just needs to display agility to pick any berry they desire.

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Snowball @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Distinguished ideas just kept popping out and snowballed in multiple directions.

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Creative @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

My creative sense was in debate with my photographic mind.

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Photographic @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘David Attenborough’ versus ‘Ken Duncan’. That’s how it felt like.

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Loving it @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It was awesome. And still is. 

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Blueberry rail @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Another blueberry grenade was screwed onto the veranda beam.

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Railway train @Valla, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Little did I know the chain reaction this railway station created.

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