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FORESTS OF THE CONGO PEAFOWL

Wednesday 6th September - Monday 25th September 2017

MARK VAN BEIRS

Oooof! Congo Peafowl (Mark van Beirs).

Oooof! Congo Peafowl (Mark van Beirs).

We did it again! On the fourth day of our stay at the Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve, deep in the heart of Congo, we all managed to admire a splendid male Congo Peafowl on his roost! What a bird! This very special and decidedly unusual tour focused on two extremely rarely observed Congolese specialities: the truly enigmatic Congo Peafowl and our closest next of kin, the gentle Bonobo. Once one reaches the Lomako Reserve the Bonobos are not particularly difficult to see, as researchers have been habituating several groups for quite a while now. Getting to grips with the Congo Peafowl however is a totally different matter as this gamebird is easily one of the shyest and most difficult to observe species on our planet. We learned a lot about the Peafowl’s Behaviour on our inaugural 2015 tour and we really thought we knew how to get to see the “holy grail of African birding”. To my surprise, none of the tactics that worked in 2015 gave any result and it was through plain hard slogging that we managed to find our target this time.

Bonobo (Mark van Beirs).

Bonobo (Mark van Beirs).