Grant & I spend a lot of time outdoors and our holidays are always outdoor adventures. Even at home we spend a lot of time outdoors and we rarely shut our windows as we love to listen to the outdoors. We often come across little things in nature that you just have to smile at and I thought I would share some of the amusing things we have seen around Broome with you.
Around Broome there are several Great Bowerbird Chlamydera nuchalis bowers and the birds often visit our garden to get a drink and take some of the green berries from our native trees. The berries in this bower are from a prickly vine called Caesalpinia major. Bowerbirds are totally incapable of being quiet and often mimic other birds. In the Goldfields there are a lot less “treasures” and we have observed up to 15 Western Bowerbirds Chlamydera guttata maintaining a bower to all try and impress the lady! We have found live bullets in bowers!
On closer inspection we discover that the bird does not just take berries, but anything that may attract a mate…..have you lost a set of wheels?
Builders that leave their boxes of screws, washers and nails lying around can expect to lose a few!
In our garden we have water for the birds and when we found a plastic boat washed up on the beach we thought we would just add it to the pond. This Brown Goshawk was not sure what was going on, but it didn’t stop him from getting a bath.
Sometimes you just come across something that only a mother could love……..without an adult we would have been hard pressed to work out what this was! I don’t think it was having a bad day….it just looked that way! Any ideas which species has just left it’s nest?
Well done! Yes, it’s a White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus.
So, now for the “non-bird” photo to make you smile!
Ever wonder what happens to jellybeans that get left on the beach after a party…well, hermit crabs are allowed to party too!
Won’t the berries smell after a while?
And you forgot to mention that the crab is “totally deadly” if you are a small benthic organism and that feeding it jellybeans is the only way of ensuring the survival of your little benthic family… 😉
Bowerbirds thrive on housekeeping and chuck out anything that no longer suits!As soon as berries change colour they are out!If you move or add anything they will soon put it back where it was or throw it out…..not that we have ever done that, of course!
Once the Xmas sales start we can feed loads of sugar to our benthic family to ensure their survival!:)
So the bowerbirds are not trying to get the ladies drunk with fermented berries? Now, those are some decent guys…
Yes, there are some decent guys in WA….I found one in 1987!