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Peacock - not wild but beautiful!

Observed: 21st March 2011 By: jhn7
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My excuse is that I didn't go to Kew expecting to see peafowl! I spotted the male under a tree, then later stalking and displaying to the female. Watching the shimmering eye feathers (photo 4 - OK I know its a still but they were shaking) dazzled me but did not seem to impress her.

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Peacocks at Kew

They are spectacular.What else did you see??We usually concentrate on the East end as the features are more compact.The small aquariums get missed.I have endured the tree walk tho I seem to have lost my head for heights.Will be there next month for a day trip.I have lots of special memories of Kew.

Hazel Trevan

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Golden Pheasant, Egyptian Geese, Red-crested Pochard ...

Jays, Parakeets, Song Thrush and more. Check on the website www.kew.org. They have a 'What's in flower now?' guide which I found useful for planning routes. I also used the 'Kew Explorer' land train to reach further in a shorter time. It had a commentary and basically takes a nearly perimeter journey with 8 stops, you can hop on and off with the same ticket. The bluebells should be out for you, the Snake's Head Fritillary were just opening. I'm doing the Plants and People OU course at the moment and it's main book is written in collaboration with Kew. A fabulous place - I hope you have a great day!

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