Pavo cristatus -
I first heard a peacock calling from woods east of Catmore (on the Downs) three or four years ago but had never gone in to look for them. This spring I had "found" marsh tit nearby and so went to see if there were any of the tits in the wood. I soon heard marsh tit calling and while trying to take a few photos I heard peacock calling very near
After a bit of searching I had distant views of two females but by the time I had sorted out my tripod to photograph them, they'd disappeared. After half an hour I still only got fleeting views, and no pics, of a couple of males, one in very bright plumage. On my way out of the wood I disturbed a fox - no doubt, like the peafowl, attracted by the game feeders ...
This weekend, 28th April, I stopped at the wood because of the view it gives you over "The Barracks" and heard its characteristic call. Looking out of the car window I could see, through the trees, a male with its tail fanned out displaying. An unexpected, but impressive sight in an English bluebell wood
to follow it back into the wood but again found that they are
surprisingly difficult to track! I did get some pics of it in
among the bluebells as well as at the edge of an adjoining rape field