A photograph by Archibald James Campbell
Bower of the great bowerbird photographed between 1870 and 1929. Sepia toned, 16.4 x 19.5 cm image; 20 x 24.7 cm mounted. Part of A.J. Campbell collection, 1832-1921 http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an24826696
I have been thinking about Tim Low’s winners and losers in The New Nature (2002) and how he devalues those animals and plants that don’t do well in disturbed ecosystems. One of the reasons why I am working with bowerbirds is that I know that they are very adaptable and tolerate disturbance. The bowerbird group are good mimics. I have a fantastic BBC sound archive recording of a fawn breasted bowerbird (lowland Papua New Guinea) and I want to see whether the Great Bowerbirds is just as good.
My dream was about what songs they were singing. hmmm…: Groove Armada At the River Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ Crazy by Patsy Cline?