It has become a little tradition here at Ausemade when we look forward to the New Year and we talk about our Western Bowerbird that still has his bower in our backyard… after a little reminder popped up in our social media, showing a snapshot of the bower from seven years ago… we think how amazing is that…

Male Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata), Alice Springs NT
From 7 years ago – our male Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata), Alice Springs NT

Today, the bower itself is a little more worn… not as pristine and sharp as it was in the early years. Time must take its toll, but our male Western Bowerbird is still around and spending much of his energy in bringing back fresh treasures to place in and around the bower under the olive tree. A continuity in our lives that we find soothing.

Treasures of our Western Bowerbird, Alice Springs NT
Treasures of our Western Bowerbird, Alice Springs NT

Some of these photos were only taken yesterday, with others taken earlier in the month. As you can see — “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” — and when you look through the carefully place items, there are plastics, stones, glass, fruit and berries. These white and grey and green and yellow (with the occasional other colours), are the “Treasures of the Western Bowerbird” and are treasures admired by us here at Ausemade.

So here we are with the ending of 2022 and the beginning of 2023…

We have grown our content and focussed much on the natural beauty in Australia, with more information on the creatures that share this space around us. We give special thanks to the many contributors, for the photographs and writings. You can follow them through the many pages of content they have provided (where you will see their names) and also learn a little about them in our Guest Authors section.

We wish all our contributors to Ausemade, fans and others who have visited our website, the very best for the New Year and may 2023 be a good one for you, your family and friends.

If you have something that you would like to share with people, from photos to a written piece that is about this beautiful country of Australia, from landscape to flora and fauna… just drop us a line or contact us through Facebook… we certainly love sharing some of the magnificent photos and stories, bringing a little more light and caring about this place we call home.

We hope you continue the journey with us as we add more content, and look forward to keeping in touch here and through social media. And we look forward to talking about our Western Bowerbird for many more years to come.

Read our previous blogs about the Western Bowerbird… Treasures of our Western Bowerbird | Looking forward…

More info can be found on the Western Bowerbird under our Birds section.

Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata), Alice Springs NT
Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata), Alice Springs NT