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Indian Peacocks

Indian Peacocks
Photo Information
Copyright: Liezel Dsouza (ldsouza) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 25 N: 218] (1369)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jim Corbett, Tigers & the National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 19:09
Viewed: 5070
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I photographed these birds in Corbett early one morning, right after sunrise. I sighted these three in a row and quickly tried to photograph them. It was freezing cold, and an hour drive to the park, by which time we were frozen to the open car, but so worth it for the shots we got. I was lucky to see 3 birds posing again.

Some details on the bird:
The Indian Peafowl is monotypic, while the Green Peafowl has 3 subspecies. The two species are largely allopatric but will hybridise in captivity.

Closeup of an Indian Blue Peacock's upper tail coverts
The male (peacock) Indian Peafowl has beautiful iridescent blue-green or green coloured plumage. The so-called "tail" of the peacock, also termed the "train", is not the tail quill feathers but highly elongated upper tail coverts. The train feathers have a series of eyes that are best seen when the tail is fanned. Both species have a head crest.
The female (peahen) Indian Peafowl has a mixture of dull green, brown, and grey in her plumage. She lacks the long upper tail coverts of the male but has a crest. Females can also display their plumage to ward off danger to her young or other female competition.
The peafowl are forest birds that nest on the ground. The Pavo peafowl are terrestrial feeders but roost in trees.

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3 BEAUTIFUL males.
Well presented.
Great composition.
Best regards,

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-03 19:57]

Very good picture!
Lovely lighting and really nice colors.
Nice details as well.
I like the repetitive effect and the diagonal composition.
Great work!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-03 22:04]

I like the composition very much, Liezel.
It seems that three is your magic number.
Your three lapwings were fantastic too.
Great pose and details.
What is unusual about this shot is the fact that these peacocks are standing against that ochre BG, and stand out beautifully.
TFS. : )

great pic, TFS Ori

I like this shot very much. first the light, early morning sun gives such a nice glow. second, the round pebbles gives an interesting character to the composition and third, you got three not just one and I like the way they are forming a slanting line.TFS!

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-03-05 0:32]

Hi Liezl,
Power of three,thats a very nice composition , good DOF ensuring all 3 are in focus.
BAdruddin Ali

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