Eurasian magpie (Pica pica [nominate]) in the vulture aviary. That’s a huge structure housing 11 species of “vultures” plus the Eurasian buzzard, the Steppe Eagle and the Bateleur. A giant construction with a rock wall and with a mesh wire over it that has loops big enough to stick a camera lens through. Or your hand….which may not be a good idea. Dave was quite impressed with it. I have posted some photos from it before, including bathing vulture. This time they were more inclined to sit still or sleep – but at the sound of my camera the eye popped open ASAP.
We also encountered a peacock in the snow, and because a certain reader reacted with delight to close-up views of the animal’s head I’ll post a few more pics of it.
Note how the toes are angled much further apart when the foot is on the ground than when it is up in the air!