Although I very often hears chickens as I wander around, actually seeing them is a pretty rare occurrence. I have probably seen more fighting birds than ‘regular’ ones, the barbaric practice being quite popular in parts of southern Spain.
Is this bird splendid or is it SPLENDID? Looking every bit like a medieval Oriental warrior, one might have expected the Golden Pheasant, Chrysolophus pictus, to be native to Asia. And you would be right, although there are now feral populations around the globe, including some in East Anglia and the Scilly Isles in the UK and even in the Falklands/Malvinas.
The White-faced Saki, Pithecia pithecia, is a species of saki monkey found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela. This particular one is a female, the male having a more white forehead, face and throat.
The Plumed Basilisk, Basiliscus Plumifons, is a species of lizard native to Central America. This one is, I believe, a female of the species.
The Vulturine Guineafowl, Acryllium vulturinum, is the largest species of guineafowl and it is a resident breeder in northeast Africa, from southern Ethiopia through Kenya and into northern Tanzania.
There can’t be many, if any, cuter chcks than those of the King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus. The ‘chick’, which is very nearly the same size as the adults, looks as if it is wearing a fur coat.
As I was watching this snake it began to slowly open its mouth so, more in anticipation than anything else, I quickly aimed the camera and started to shoot. I would probably say that my hope, and maybe expectation, was to see its forked tongue appear…..
Graceful and elegant in flight with what seems like very little effort…but can be noisy (Although not on this occasion).
Pigeons are amongst the best fliers apparently, so I decided to try and get a few shots of them in the air.