As I was leaving I bumped to an old Wanstead favourite - The lonely White-cheeked Turaco!
This magnificent (if slightly gaudy) creature has now been knocking around Wanstead for what must be the best part of 10 years. Despite it's size and colourful iridescent plumage, including striking red wings when seen in flight, it's surprisingly difficult to see and is often just heard singing and calling without revealing itself.
The Turaco appeared to be carrying nesting material (well it is spring) and unless there's another escapee near by then sadly this effort is all going to be in vain, but I suppose you can't stop nature's natural urge to procreate - It's all a bit odd, but it's what you come to expect from a slightly mad Turaco that believes Wanstead is a juniper forest in Ethiopia!
|White-cheeked Turaco looking for love!|
|The unmistakeable blaze of red in the wing|