Continuing my visit to the reserve.
When I first arrived at the nature reserve, I saw a Peacock strutting along on a path ahead of me, then it seemed to disappear as if into thin air, but when next I saw it, he had flown up onto a wooden beam, and after tea I managed to capture a couple of photos.
The Peacock Pavo cristatus
I like this photo because it shows the Peacocks legs, which I had never really noticed before I looked at this image.
The male Wood Duck Aix sponsa has a glossy green head with a prominent crest at the rear, in repose in this image.The Chestnut breast is speckled and it's red eye and red and white beak adds to it's beauty.
Neither photo of the Wood Duck does it justice. The male is the most colourful and beautiful duck, but it doesn't stand out in the shade. The female in contrast, unfortunately not seen here, has overall grey- brown plumage, the head has a glossed crest, a white tear drop shaped patch round the brown-black eye, and it also has a blue-grey bill and a white line on wings.
The Grey Parrot, Psittacus erithacus. is native to the rain forests of central Africa. It is one of the largest parrots in Africa, and they live on average sixty years. They are highly social birds and have the ability
to mimic human speech, and other birds. It is thought to have the intelligence of a human five year old.
Another photo of the beautiful Wood Duck which I have just found amongst the photos I took. As I look at it, it's difficult to believe this magnificent creation is a real duck, as it's varias colours divided by white lines makes it stand out among ducks as a work of art, perhaps only surpassed in beauty by the Mandarin Duck.