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Pavo cristatus

Pavo cristatus
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 7D, 100-300 L f: 4,5 - 5,6, Hoya 55mm UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-09 7:34
Viewed: 3605
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus, also known as the Common Peafowl or the Blue Peafowl, is one of the species of bird in the genus Pavo of the Phasianidae family known as peafowl. The Indian Peafowl is a resident breeder in the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced into many parts of the world and feral populations exist in many introduced regions. The peacock is the national bird of India and is the largest Asian galliform.
Indian Peahen with Immatures at Hodal in Faridabad District of Haryana, India.
Peacock "tail feathers" are really upper tail coverts.

The species is found in dry semi-desert grasslands, scrub and deciduous forests. It forages and nests on the ground but roosts on top of trees. It eats seeds, insects, fruits, small mammals and reptiles.

Females are about 86 cm (34 in) long and weigh 2.75-4 kg (6-8.8 lbs), while males average at about 2.12 m (7.3 ft) in full breeding plumage (107 cm/42 in when not) and weigh 4-6 kg (8.8-13.2 lbs). The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen. The Indian Peacock has iridescent blue-green plumage. The upper tail coverts on its back are elongated and ornate with an eye at the end of each feather. These are the Peacock's display feathers. The female plumage is a mixture of dull green, grey and iridescent blue, with the greenish-grey predominating. In the breeding season, females stand apart by lacking the long 'tail feathers' also known as train, and in the non-breeding season they can be distinguished from males by the green colour of the neck as opposed to the blue on the males.

Peafowl are most notable for the male's extravagant display feathers which, despite actually growing from their back, are known as a 'tail' or train. This train is in reality not the tail but the enormously elongated upper tail coverts. The tail itself is brown and short as in the peahen. The colours result from the micro-structure of the feathers and the resulting optical phenomena.[1] The ornate train is believed to be the result of female sexual selection as males raised the feathers into a fan and quiver it as part of courtship display. Many studies have suggested that the quality of train is an honest signal of the condition of males and that peahens select males on the basis of their plumage. More recent studies however, suggest that other cues may be involved in mate selection by peahens.
They lay a clutch of 4-8 eggs which take 28 days to hatch. The eggs are light brown and are laid every other day usually in the afternoon. The male does not assist with the rearing, and is polygamous with up to six hens.

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Czesc Marx! Swietna ostrosc. Doskonaly kontrast. Bardzo dobra kolorystyka. Imponujaca fotografia. Klaniam sie!

Hi Marx
Impressive moment captured
Good shot.good contrast. Good efforts. Good colors
Well done..

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2009-03-09 7:59]

Hello Marx,
Super portrait of this beautifull Indian Pealfowl.
Great job.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2009-03-09 8:41]

Hello Marx,
Fantastic peacock portrait...
Nice composition, great clarity and light. I like the overall color and blurred BG.
My compliments,

hello Marx
SUPER picture
great details
beautiful colours
nice composition
greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-09 10:09]

Hi Marx.
Brilliant shot but I hope it is really our nice Konica Minolta 7D with also Minolta lens. Amazing in any respect portrair work of a fine model. Colours, details and sharpness of all features of the bird are stunning. BG is also fantastic. Bravo and thanks for this masterpiece.

Hello Marx, Beautiful capture. Nice DOF and sharpness. Amazing colors. Well done. Regards - Adil.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2009-03-09 10:31]

pieknie jest

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-09 11:32]

Hallo Marx,
Doskonaly portret tego pawia,swietne kolory i interesujacy kontakt wzrokowy.Tlo jest bezbledne.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-09 12:11]

Hi Marx,
Very beautiful portrait.POV,framing,vivid colors,sharpness,expression on face and details are wonderful.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting.

Ciao Merx, fantastic portrait with splendid colors, superb details and wonderful sharpness, beautiful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Marx
this peafowl is so beautiful !!
each details is perfectly reproduced with great sharpness, the colors are superb as well as the pose of the bird and the BG

hello Marx
very good with marvelus vivid colors portait
best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-10 1:01]

Czesc Marx!

Rewelacyjne zdjecie. Super szczegoly - szczegolnie pior na glowie, nasycone kolory, poza modela i neutralne tlo. Swietne.

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  • tariq Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 2] (2)
  • [2009-03-10 1:36]

good colors,sharp shot,lovely composition

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-02 20:59]

Hi Marx,
such a splendid shot of the bird. The colours are rreally outstanding.
Well shot n great sharpness. You cropping is also very useful and it help to focus on the beauty of its shininh feather.
Brilliant colours.
superbs presentation and indeed very captivating.


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