Saturday, December 27, 2008

Holiday Peacocks on Parade

As I went outside this morning to pick up the newspapers, there before me were 4 adult peacocks with magnificent tail feathers parading up the sidewalk on the other side of the street. By the time I got my camera, I was only able to get a couple of pictures good enough to put up here. You will note in one of them that two of these royal birds are checking out the territory of a "reindeer" in a neighbor's yard.

I am still fascinated by the peacocks in our area even though it has been a few months since I offered up pictures. Rarely have I seen 4 adult males together with not a peahen in sight. And it is even more unusual to see them on our block. They don't often roam this far from their usual gathering places a few blocks away.



Charles Gramlich said...

I read a story recently by Carver that mentioned peacocks, and it was so silly to see grown people terrified of them that I just thought it was silly.

Eric Valentine said...

I can't get used to the idea of a peacock just wandering by.. Such a beautiful treat Leon, I wouldn't mind that once in a while.. :)

Darlene said...

Many years ago I visited castle Howard and they had peacocks roaming on the grounds. I think it may have been a stylish thing to do for the wealthy.

I do understand that Peacocks can be mean birds at times. I gave them wide berth.

Shauna Roberts said...

That's pretty cool to get to see them, particularly with them getting along. Peacocks always give the impression that the whole world is their territory and other animals and people are intruders.

That's a good idea to take your camera on walks. We should start doing that too, in case something interesting shows up in our neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

i really enjoyed the pics of peacocks.. they are so great..i'm thinking of making pillows with nothing but peacock prints. Jeanann

Leon said...

CHARLES - In this area people either love them or hate them, nothing in between. They can be very loud!

ERIC - It would be great if you could visit out here and see them first-hand.

DARLENE - I'm amazed that they allow us to get as close to them as we do.

SHAUNA - If you ever get to the South Bay, I'd be delighted to help get you an audience with these neighborhood denizens. If I don't have my "real" camera, I at least have the one on my cell phone with me.

JEANANN - Thanks for stopping by. I still haven't gotten used to seeing peafowl almost daily (and we have lived in this area for 27 years).