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White Beauty

White Beauty
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Peacocks / Peafowls [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-25 2:21
Viewed: 6107
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Peahen / Peafowl / Peacock
Pavo cristatus
Family: Phasianidae

I had quite a bit of trouble photographing this unusual White Peafowl as it was so white. My camera wouldn’t focus on it too well, some of my shots didn't come out to sharp. But I was thrilled when iihe decided to show off for me. His missus was lying in the shade under a tree, and completely ignored him, but I didn’t . . . She was as white as he was, with the same blue eyes. He's also a bit grubby too, it must be hard to keep this clean and white all the time.

Besides the India Blue, whites are the most well known peafowl types. Contrary to popular belief, whites are not albinos, because their eyes are blue, not pink.

Type of mutation: The white is a colour mutation, and although it can carry other genes, such as the black shoulder and white-eyed, they are not visible because of its completely white colour.

Peacock Coloration: Males are, as their name implies, completely white. Faint eyespots can be distinguished in the train by a thin layer of off white that surrounds the ocelli. The actual seeing eyes of the birds are blue.

Peahen Coloration: Hens are completely white, with blue eyes.

Peachick Coloration: When first hatched, the chick is yellow in colour with white wings. White chicks are hard to sex until about two years of age when the male will developed wispy tail coverts, because the bird does not change colour much in its lifetime, and the male and female look so similar. Chicks born at the same time can sometimes be sexed by the length of their legs. Males often have longer legs than the females.

Origin: It is speculated there may be a few white peafowl bred naturally in India. White was one of the first variations to be discovered and made popular, and has been around for many years.

Do they breed true?: Yes, white bred to white will produce 100% white chicks. White is an incomplete dominant gene, so when a white is bred to a non-white the offspring will be split to white, and this will show itself by small white patches on its primary wing feathers.


See the workshop photo of the male
strutting from behind.

red45, fiyo, scottevers7, wallhalla15, TAZ, klemmg, dew77, liquidsunshine, glazzaro, coasties, mrower, Luc, Dave, axiotea, lgfoto has marked this note useful
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To Norok: Merci MariusJanice 1 12-12 23:36
To coasties: Thanks PamJanice 1 11-26 00:03
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-11-25 4:22]
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What a strange peacock Janice ;-) You took normal one and washed it few times, am I right ;-) ? Great POV, pose and details on its body. Very interesting bird. Thanks for this one my friend!

Hi Janice,
wow, a wonderful white peacock.
It's realy a beauty, so sharp and with a good contrast with the green grass.
Looks like a beautiful curtain ;-)
Majestic, like a princess, thanks, have a nice day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-11-25 4:42]

Hello Janice,
very nice capture with a superb composition.
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.TFS:)

Just points not too much time , sorry !

Hi Janice,
Great job on this unusual bird. I have never observed a white one in person. Colors and detail look excellent. Nice angle on the bird here. Well done!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-25 6:08]

A real beauty and you captured the white very well. I like POV too. Well done.

Excellent shot Janice, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Excellent note too. Very well done, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Beautifull composition and a very good job on exposing the white feathers. Glad it doesn't have the usuall albino red eyes! ;-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-25 7:33]

This peacock is wonderful and you have well captured it ! I also appreciate the instructive note... Congratulations Janice and thanks for sharing.

Wow, excellent shot of this bird, great pose and composition, looks like lace almost. Very good, and the note too!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-25 11:22]

Hello Janice!
What a beauty.I liked POV,details on white feathers,framing and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Great shot Janice,
Excellent capture, good sharp detail and colours. Great POV and pose.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

Nice shot, well exposed whites. Just a tip, but if you increase the highlights by 15%, more detail will be realized.


Hi Janice

Well done on the management of the white. Nicely composed. Sharpness is spot on. Congrats!

Hello Janice,
This is a very nice shot, and I think white peakocks are just as pretty as the blue green iridescent ones. :)

A beautiful shot and white is so difficult as it flares everywhere. He looks very serene.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-01 13:35]

Artfully done!
I really like this one!
Great job,

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-12-05 17:21]

Hi Janice
I like the composition with the peacock off-centre. It's well contrasted against the green grass. Well exposed despite the difficulty.
Regards Toni

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  • Norok Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 2 N: 7] (191)
  • [2005-12-12 15:28]
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Tres belle photo. On dirait un cabaret de Paris.

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-04-10 16:48]

Wonderfull shot Janice, great POV and composition.I did never see the white peacock, your note was helpfull indeed. TFS

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