They are great to take pictures of, especially for the novice birdwatcher and photographer. They're quite a large pigeon sized bird, and they are relatively used to people being around, and so aren't skittish. When they do take flight they make quite a commotion, so you can often hear them before you see them. Their wings whistle as they take off (think corduroy jeans rubbing together), because they have modified wing feathers, and so the wind can whistle between their feathers as they take flight, easily alerting bird stalkers to their presence.
Recently I found some in my local Botanic Gardens.
|They have quite a strutty walk when trying to impress the Ladies
Sometimes you can't see the coloured patches.
Sometimes one hops up onto a branch in a little spot of sun to perfectly display the beautiful colours in his wings.
Saturday Snapshot, is a wonderful weekly meme from at home with books