Peacocks and Parakeets

From my parent’s house in Johannesburg, South Africa, I can see both these species of bird. Both are beautiful, noisy and fill you with a sense of awe and admiration. You can sit transfixed, ogling at how someone, or something, could have had the creative spirit to create such creatures. The colour green sits so prominent on both their plumages.

The Peacock, or as it is named in the local bird books: Indian Peafowl
The Peacock, or as it is named in the local bird books: Indian Peafowl
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Rose-ringed Parakeet

The same two birds are prolific at Sher Bagh. The difference being that they belong here. This is their natural habitat. Both the peacock and the parakeet were ‘artificially’ brought into South Africa by the pet trade. Aviaries and gardens in Johannesburg house exotic bird collections in which these two species are so prominent.

The two species are prolific at the entrance to the Ranthambhore National Park
The two species are prolific at the entrance to the Ranthambhore National Park

For me, seeing my first peacock in the wild ranked only second to seeing my first tiger. I am a bird lover (to add to my healthy addiction of cats) and Sher Bagh was a treat. The guides knew a lot about the 230 plus birds that are found in the area, and did their best to ensure that I managed to see as many of the iconic birds as possible. Sadly, always filming I did not get many stills of the feathered fowls, but I was rewarded with a very healthy list by the time I left.

Waiting for the sun to rise. Flocks of Peacocks await the warmth of a new day from the walls of the fort
Waiting for the sun to rise. Flocks of Peacocks await the warmth of a new day from the walls of the fort
A pair of Painted Sandgrouse
A pair of Painted Sandgrouse
A Rufous Treepie is the most comical bird in the reserve
A Rufous Treepie is the most comical bird in the reserve
Plum-headed Parakeet
Plum-headed Parakeet
The most beautiful of places to birdwatch
The most beautiful of places to birdwatch
South Africans will be amazed at the striking resemblance of a lot of the scenery of the park.
South Africans will be amazed at the striking resemblance of a lot of the scenery of the park.
Countless opportunities to get creative with the sunlight
Countless opportunities to get creative with the sunlight

Written and photographed by Adam Bannister

5 thoughts on “Peacocks and Parakeets

  1. Thanks Adam. I enjoyed this. I’ve been a bird watcher for years…so always enjoy seeing them in natural settings.

    1. Dear Syl, glad you enjoyed this post about the birds. Ranthambhore has over 300 varieties of birds and is considered an ornithologists’ paradise. We hope you will come and see it for yourself sometime soon!

  2. Great photos`s Adam,i never saw many peacocks in the wild in South Africa,but in my present neighbourhood in Tampa,there is a large group of 50 -60 peacocks seen on a daily basis on my drive home from work.Also just spent 10 days in Sydney ,Australia and there are Cuckatoo`s and rainbow lorikeets everywhere making suburban bird photography fun>

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