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 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.
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.
It was rather nippy early this morning, which made me quickly regret my choice of attire. Black Redstarts, Blackbirds, Wagtails, Sardinian Warblers, Spotless Starlings, Cattle Egrets and Doves were the first to brave the elements, mostly just singing away in the undergrowth rather than coming out to pose.
Having picked myself up of the floor having encountered water in the local river, I decided on a quick meander to see if the birds were talking full advantage of this unusual phenomenon. Not as many as I thought there might be, possibly due to the continued savage cutting back of the vegetation – for cutting back read removing almost everything.
Needless to say, after a couple of days of sunshine our local ‘river’ is once again drier than a dry bone. With the vegetation on the riverbank itself savagely cut back, most of the birds are taking refuge in the orchards and scrub land. Plenty of them about.