Taken through glass. This guy has been a regular visitor both last summer and over the past two weeks this year. He comes to perch on the handle of our bedroom window- presumably to admire his reflection. He often wakes us up in the morning with his high pitched “Tseet,Tseet,Tseet” call.
They are quite common over the whole of Southern Africa and found in many gardens. In winter they are a dull brown and only distinguishable from the hen by their red beak, but come the mating season they grow these long tails which makes flight slightly erratic but enhances the mating display, and bright black, grey and white plumage.
Narcissism seems to be the name of the game here as he prances up and down on the handle, then he will jump backwards flutter in front of his reflection and return to the handle. This behaviour can be repeated several times in visits lasting up to half a minute or more.
We know that he is in the garden in winter, but these visits only occur when he is in “full flirting regalia”.