Saturday, April 11, 2020
A Turaco Sighting
Not a whole lot of news today, but in a way that's a good thing. No news is good news, as they say.
I've been photographing a lot of bugs in the garden, like this hoverfly (above) on our honesty. It's amazing how quickly insects come out when the weather warms up. You will no doubt be seeing those pictures in coming days!
I went grocery shopping yesterday -- uneventfully. I mowed the lawn. I finished a book.
And when Olga and I walked to the cemetery, look what we saw -- the turaco! It's really hard to get a clear shot of that bird. I really wish I could get a picture of it flying -- it has brilliant red wing tips and is quite spectacular (similar to this, although that's a different type of turaco). Unfortunately it's also pretty fast.
When I first saw this bird, last summer, I assumed it was lost -- an escaped pet or zoo specimen. (It does have a leg band.) But yesterday I found a tweet that reported the existence of a turaco in the cemetery the previous summer -- 2018. (They called it a Knysna turaco, and this is actually a Fischer's turaco, but surely it must be the same bird.) So apparently it's been around for at least two years.
Apparently turacos eat fruit, so I don't see how it could survive over the winter on its own. Someone must be feeding it. In fact, I wonder if it's someone's pet, and perhaps it's allowed to fly free and return home again for food and shelter. Would a turaco do that -- behave like a homing pigeon? I have no idea.