I have just watched Birds of Paradise with David Attenborough and just had to share this clip.
The Superb Bird of Paradise's courtship display is amazing to watch.
To me the male morphs into a cartoon... fantastic.
I have been so aware of colourful tropical birds nearly all my life.
I collected cards of birds and African and Asian wildlife from tea packets as a youngster.
The Tropical Birds set is from 1961... I was just 5 years old.
By the way Mum (84 in a few weeks) still has my collections.
I have shared these images before... it was the day a little boy threw sand all over my camera while we were visiting Llandudno in North Wales.
At the time it was a disastrous moment... but without it I wouldn't have captured these images.
While we sat in the car cleaning my lens we put biscuits on the wall next to where we where parked.
The juvenile Herring Gulls were so bold... even feeding from Mandy's hand.
When the Ravens arrived to share the hobnobs they just took over...
...we used the car as a hide and I just kept snapping away.
It was our first ever encounter with wild Ravens and a moment I will never forget.
With over twenty minutes in their company... I just carried on clicking away.