Our climbing beans are Blue Lake this year, a prolific favourite. However the Satin Bowerbirds have discovered the beans, and are busy decimating the vines. I looked out of the window this afternoon to see about a dozen on the bean trellis, fighting for position, tearing off leaves and swallowing as fast as they could! Of course we dug out a net, and have now deprived the birds, hoping for a successful second flush of beans in a few weeks.
I find it hard to photograph the elusive adult male, who must be about 7 years old before he acquires his distinctive deep blue feathers. So although the late afternoon was very dull, with thick cloud and a forecast of rain, I have managed to capture him this time. Later another male appeared completely mottled brown and blue, still in the process of changing his colours and becoming a breeding male. A little sunshine would have revealed the depth of colour, but then the birds may not have been so bold.