From the Archives – December 2012
I’ve just come across one of my favourite bird photos in my Bird Library Archives. I love the rich, glossy blue of the Satin Bower Bird’s eye.
The female and immature birds are a dull olive-green above with browner wings and tail. It has a faint double white wingbar and its underparts are whitish with conspicuously scalloped brown feather fringes. I was lucky enough to have the bird over my head to photograph these under-feathers below.
I’d love to see this bird in the wild, but in the meantime, images from Melbourne Zoo’s Great Aviary will have to suffice.
I’ve never been able to capture a good shot of the spectacularly rich glossy blue-black of the male, but here’s a (relatively poor) shot of the colour. Sometimes it almost looks black and then, in good light, it looks more a rich navy blue (or purple).