Saturday, June 09, 2012

Camera Critters #218 - Peacocks - June 9, 2012

The peacock is the national bird of India.  I saw quite a number of monkeys, large
numbers of cows, and occasional camels and elephants.  I was always on the 
lookout for peacocks.  When my friend, Virginia Lynch, came to India, we went 
to Punjab University in Patiala where she had spent six months on a Fulbright 
Scholarship.  She told me, at about 5PM every evening, there was an area on 
campus where peacocks gathered.  I was anxious to see this.  For whatever 
reason, the day we were there, they decided to disappoint us.  Of course, we
couldn't remain until exactly 5PM and they may be birds who are quite rigid in 
their habits.  Only a few strolled by, rather drab peahens, bound for the same 
tree, in which nested  two males, their bright plumage folded.  So much for
India's national bird!!!

The Peacock

The national bird of India,
You strut with regal airs,
In terms of utter beauty,
No other one compares!

Your crown of brilliant blue,
Befits your splendid train,
Which you open to its fullest,
With a sense of great disdain.

Shimmering eyes peruse,
From the feathers of your tail,
With your train in full display,
You let out a piercing wail.

The courtship has begun,
You begin to sway and prance,
In hopes of enticing,
A peahen with your dance

Carmen Henesy

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  1. i love their lonely, haunting calls. :)

  2. I don't often see a peacock in a tree! Cool!

  3. You have not made an appointment with them.

    Call them next time before you leave.

  4. I left you a comment and I guess it didn't go through. I apologize if it posts twice. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your photos and your wonderful poem and how much I admire you and your adventurous spirit. I love my pea fowl. They are amazing birds.

  5. Beautiful shots.
    Yes, you should fixed an appointment.

  6. The peacock is a lovely bird, great photos and a wonderful poem.

  7. Great poem, Carmen, and fantastic photos of the peahens!

    Have fun in India again..

  8. They really are exceptional even in the varied bird world.

  9. Such a treat to see those beautiful birds!

    My Critter post. Have a great weekend.

  10. Back to India again on the 16th!?!?!?! How fantastic, Carmen. I'm thrilled for you. I so enjoyed your posts and photos from the last trip and I thought of you when I saw the "Marigold Hotel" movie.

    Have a wonderful and safe journey my friend. I can't wait to share the adventure with you through your blog.

    xo jj

  11. i love peacock, they walk so elegant as you show in your images, and what a lovely poem, Carmen.

  12. India did a good choice with this wonderful bird as national bird!

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