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Dude, What were you thinking?

Carol Tenwalde

I saw this quote on Facebook the other day:

Then I saw this article on the mating rituals of the Bowerbird. Speaking of Wise too late!

Lots of species will go all out to land a mate, but few courtship routines are as elaborate as that of the bowerbird. These birds craft nest-like structures, known as bowers, and decorate them with attention-getting items. Females tour many of these local bowers, assessing both structure and suitor before selecting a mate.

  • Male satin bowerbirds festoon the front terraces of their bowers with shiny or colored objects, preferring those of a vivid blue hue.  

  • Bowerbirds don’t discriminate when hunting for objects to add to their bowers, displaying natural treasures like fresh flowers, feathers, and cicada wings alongside objects like ballpoint pen lids and bottlecaps. 

  • Decorating a bower doesn’t end at displaying objects. Some satin bowerbirds mix plant material with saliva to make a “paint” they spread over their bower walls.

  • Competition for bower decorations is fierce, and male bowerbirds will steal desirable trinkets from other bowers to improve their own.

  • If a female admires a bower, she enters it, but the mating ritual isn’t over. The male then proceeds to perform a dance while holding a favorite trinket in his beak.

Here are a few pics of their assembly artwork:

      

But this Dude isn't finished yet. Once he has her in his sights be preforms his dance. OMG! Click Pic:

Poor thing!

As you can imagine, I, like my fellow artists, miss having shows and opportunities to sell in person. So the Sonoran Arts League has created an online Pop Up Show so you can peruse and buy art. We're calling it "NO MASK REQUIRED!"

Should you buy one of my pieces I will go to the gallery and pick it up for you and ship it to you for free! If you are interested in other pieces of art and you are not local, the League has made arrangements with UPS to pick it up and package it up for you. Click Pic!
 

Would love to hear from you!

Be Safe Everyone!

Let's chat soon,
Carol

Visit: BlingBeadedBaubles.com
PS If you know of anyone who might enjoy this romp, please sign them up HERE!



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