This is the boy, and it’s hard to capture his true beauty in a photo. He is a beautiful satiny blue-black and his eyes really are that colour.
They are a nuisance. They are hugely destructive in the garden, with a special partiality to broccoli or cabbage or cauli seedlings – anything with that blue tinge to the foliage. They also like peas and snow peas and tomatoes and they peck carrots right out of the ground. And they are intelligent – smart enough to Houdini their way in through fences and gates and netting. The males steal anything blue to decorate their bower – pegs, pens, lego, bottle caps – you have to be really careful not to leave anything valuable (like a sapphire earring) on a dressing table.
The female was sure I was about to take revenge, but those eyes are so beautiful, it’s hard to stay angry.