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 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.
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.
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister