Garden inspiration: bowerbirds

We are trying hard to attract a range of different bird and animal species to our garden, by including a range of different local plants, such as grasses, understorey plants and a few larger bushes and trees, as well as making water available. Many of the bolder bird species (magpies, magpie-larks, rosellas and miners) call by regularly.

But our local satin bowerbird prefers to build his bower among privet and camphor laurel bushes, right next to a path, on the school grounds near our house.
A fine collection of blue plastic attracts the ladies. Image by Emma Rooksby.
Whatever makes him happy I suppose...When I visited today he was doing a bit of a tidy-up. It's another of my not-great shots - need to get practising with that telephoto lense!

The garden itself is the brighter for a few Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa) flowers.

Mountain Devils grow as a large shrub or bush (up to 2 or 3m), distinguished by their beautiful flowers and by the horned seed capsules that follow flowering. They do look a bit devilish, as the picture on this page about growing them shows. They can be hard to establish (we have about a 50% success rate), but once they're settled in they're hardy and make an excellent screen.


  1. Nature in Your area is very rich. And You make very good photoes.

  2. I caught a glimpse of a bower bird making a nest at our back fence. I think our children are a bit too noisy for him to stay though. I keep checking his progress!

  3. Thanks for your feedback Zim - I'll keep practising with the camera! Mandy, it's great you've got a bower bird nearby; they are amazingly bold creatures. If you have shrubs along the back fence you may find he'll stay around...Keep us updated!!

  4. No sign of him any more! Even the blue scraps of plastic he'd scavenged from our deteriorating trampoline cover are gone. So sad! He was beautiful :(