From the archives…..
In all the years I visited Melbourne Zoo’s Great Aviary, I never managed to get a decent shot of the male Satin Bowerbird. The 2 or 3 shots I did take were too soft in focus to be worthy of sharing and I deleted them only recently. The male is a rich glossy blue-black all over.
But the female……..well, I did score a couple of nice shots of that and in both images the eye is a gorgeous blue/purple not unlike the feather colour of the male (although my Australian Bird Guide book doesn’t mention this characteristic, so maybe it was the light on the day that gave the eye this colour). It’s a fairly common bird on the south-east coast of Australia, but I’ve only seen it at the Zoo.