Friday, January 25, 2013
Peacock is the official mascot of the park. Mid-afternoon I decided to take a bicycle ride and started out the door. I turned back to pick up the camera, thinking, "I might see the famous fowl on the premises." I mounted the bicycle and turned down the drive. I had not gone ten feet when Peacock appeared in front of me. I stopped and fumbled with the camera case, a delay just long enough for the bird to decide he did not wish to pose. He started along the way. I followed. He turned onto a neighbor's patio, and there I was able to snap a couple of shots.
Magnificent bird. But then, he is a peacock. What can I say?
Did you know that peafowl are closely related to pheasants, the principal difference being in the plumage?
Are you aware that the species is peafowl, and only the male is a peacock? The female is a peahen, and the juveniles under a year of age are peachicks. Not to be confused with chickpeas, which peafowl might eat, for they consume grains of all kinds, as well as grass, dandelions, insects and dog food. Just ask Rover.
Did you know that peafowl can live forty to fifty years? Neither did I.