Friday, January 25, 2013

Peacock


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.

13 comments:

Shelly said...

Does he make those unique peacock crows, calls, or whatever sound from a peafowl is called? I had no idea they had such a long lifespan~

Vee said...

Really interesting. I did not know they live where there are humans.

Jackie said...

I did know some of these facts as we tried one year to keep two here.

Unfortunately one got eaten the first night and we have no clue what happened to the other one.

We do have plans on getting some more. We love them. I did not know they had such long life spans.

I guess our kids will love having our peacocks willed to them.

Secondary Roads said...

Peacock looks cold. Our neighbor and friend a mile south of here has a peacock, which I see from time-to-time.

vanilla said...

Shelly, oh,yes, he "vocalizes." Fortunately, not often.

Vee, people do raise them, and an amazing number of people keep them for pets.

Jackie, if the second one saw the demise of the first one, it no doubt headed for parts unknown! If you keep peafowl, they may well become a part of your children's inheritance!

Chuck, it must be the picture. It is not likely that Peacock was cold on that day, nor will he be today!

Grace said...

There are some folks in Florida who have no love for peacocks ...the buggers did some major damage to cars - (http://www.wflx.com/story/19000702/attack-of-the-peacocks)

Anonymous said...



They are a beautiful bird. I think they deserve a peabody award. Bob

Maria said...

Sighing. Reminds me of the gorgeous cardinal in our back yard and his mate, a matronly looking brownish thing who looks like a fowlish Barbara Bush to his more dashing Adam Lambert.

vanilla said...

Grace, that's what those people with the over-shined Lexuses get for their trouble. Thanks for the link.

Bob, "peabody award." kyuk, kyuk. Thanks for that one.

Maria, a bush full of juvenile male cardinals is fun to watch, but a couple, ah, now that is what it is all about.

Lin said...

I knew about peahens, but I didn't know that they live that long. Wow! I'm glad you got the shot of that guy--he's lovely. Now, I wanna see him with his tail fanned. ;)

vanilla said...

Lin, I hope I catch him with open fan. This morning when I first stepped out of the house, there he was, in our yard, eight feet from me!

Sharkbytes said...

Actually, one of the strangest birds on the planet, I think. I hear they have rather nasty dispositions, only proving as in the human world you can get away with an awful lot if you are beautiful.

vanilla said...

Shark, oh, how true it is that "certain people" get away with a lot. This peacock has never threatened me, but he always keeps three or four steps in front of me when I approach him.