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Sunday, November 19, 2017

BOWER OF A BOWERBIRD, O'REILLY'S RAINFOREST RETREAT, LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

   Bowerbirds have an extraordinary complex courtship and mating behavior.  The males build a bower to attract mates. The bower in these photos has a central hut surrounded by twigs and brightly colored blue objects - bottle caps, glass, plastic,  etc.  The male spends hours arranging this collection. 
   Malr-searching females commonly visit multiple bowers.   Many females end up selecting the same male and some return next year to the same male and search less.