Some of the Best Experiences of 2011: Peafowl

Peafowls have always been alluring and enigmatic creatures for me since childhood. I have always loved the dash of colour that we associate with the body and the plumage of the peacock. Surely the feather of the peacock has to be one of the most beautiful things that has ever existed in nature. It is a pity that these feathers have also been commercialised since time immemorial (and peafowl themselves consumed as delicacies    even in the ancient world).

2011 brought me in close range with peafowl. In addition to their wonderful plumage I discovered that I loved to hear the call of the peacock as well. It is a bit haunting- and although most people whom I know hate it, it tugs at my heartstrings.

Glorious in Greens and Blues

I also discovered that peahens hang out together. I wonder what they discuss when they’re together.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    they discuss how vain the peacocks are and the latest fashion trends…
    Nice picture, this one obviously didnt see you coming unlike the ones in jaipur…

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Nope- there were too many of them so they couldnt be sure who we were focusing on

      1. Lav says:

        haha! so much for hangin out together!! next thing – there would be like a competition going …’how many times did you get caught in a photo?’ or ‘so you think you look good in photo?’

      2. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        But how do they see the photos

  2. Nirmala says:

    I love the colouration of the bird. When i was a kid I remember begging my parents to give me a skirt of that colour!!! And in school kids would trade the feather or rather one strand even. They used to tell me if I kept it inside a book it would multiply!!! I remember falling for that too!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I guess school kids didnt change in 30 years. I fell for the same trick!

      1. Lav says:

        i was pathetic about that, even managed to believe that i had actually managed to get the magic going to multiply them feathers…

      2. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        Hope is not a bad thing 😛

  3. Sunanda says:

    I just saw loads of pictures of peacocks and hens from sisters’s trips. Too much torture 🙂 A nice pose on this one! Nature is way too amazing!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Where did they go?

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