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Mr Peacock in Action

Mr Peacock in Action
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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, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Peacocks / Peafowls [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-30 4:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Peahen / Peafowl / Peacock
Pavo cristatus
Family: Phasianidae

Some wanted to see the whole image of the white peacock “in action”, so here he is, The background isn’t too good but it was the best I could do. He performed for 4 minutes and his missus slept under a tree for the whole time.

During breeding season, the peacock often "struts" for the peahen, wanting her to notice his lovely train. He usually always turns to face the peahen, but she is not always attentive.

The peacock's long train of beautiful feathers is often called the tail by some people, but these longer feathers are actually the upper tail coverts. The true tail feathers are seen from behind when the peacock struts; they help to hold the train erect. As the lovely White peacock is displaying, a whirring, rustling noise is made by the movement of these feathers. This long, beautiful train is moulted each year in late summer.

The peacock begins his raucus call early in the Spring, and the call continues throughout breeding season. Often, there is a "telltale" slight crook in the upper neck of the peacock, indicating that breeding season is nearing.

He calls frequently during breeding season and also responds to sounds such as dogs barking, doors slamming, etc.

The White peafowl are not true albinos, but colour variations of the India Blue peafowl. The White lack coloration in all parts of the body except the eye, which is blue.

The peacock will have his full plumage (including the long train) his third year.


mjdundee, sAner, marhowie, dew77, Athila, moemf, wallhalla15, scottevers7, glazzaro, red45, Dave, livios, magiqa, Luc, gerhardt, smirnese has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To j_wyatt: Yes, they 'come in white.'Janice 1 12-20 04:46
To gerhardt: White on whiteJanice 1 12-08 23:42
To Athila: WSJanice 1 11-30 14:21
To marmottelolo: Merci LaurentJanice 1 11-30 14:17
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Woooow Janice!
I love your peacock! It's wonderful!
I would like to have it! Just amazing!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-30 5:23]

They like to flash, don't they? Nicely captured with the white against the dark background.

Hello Janice,
the bird looks a bit artifical but in combination with the deep red and green from the bottle brush in the BG I find it an interessting compo. Good note as expected.
TFS. Thomas

Hi Jancie,
This guy has given you a perfect pose.
It is very nice to see him in his full going.
Nice POV and compo.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-30 6:39]

Excellent shot Janice. What a beautiful white peacock. Good exposure and well composed. Sharp details. Great note! Well done & TFS!


Great capture Janice. Well composed with great detail and exposure. Your mostly green BG really helps the whites to stand out here..
Excellent & interesting note, Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-30 9:50]

Hello Janice!
Magnificent capture.POV,details,framing,DOF and composition are perfect.TFS....:-)

Hi Janice!

I prefer this one to the other one since we can see the hole bird. Focus is sharp and exposure is good. However I find the white fence very distrubing in the BG. I did a WS to remove it. I hope you like it.
Great work and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-30 10:54]

Wow, Janice. You sure caught this one in all his glory. Magnificent! The details are amazingly sharp, and the exposure is perfect.
Well done and TFS. : )

Very appropriate for this time of year, it looks like a beautiful humongous snowflake just in time for the winter holidays. Nice shot. :)

c'est un paon albinos?
en tout cas il est magnifique,bravo.

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-11-30 13:21]


I've never seen one of these before (a white one I mean). Lovely clarity and sharpness. The contrast between the white peacock and dark background is stunning.

Great shot of this show-off!


Hello Janice,
pose is excellent, good work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Janice,
Amazing to see them in all white. Excellent colors, detail, and DOF for this shot. Pwefect pose to capture. Nice work.

Lovely shot, with good detail, would still like to see just a tad more increase in the highlights.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-01 11:47]

Yeah! What a tail! Perfect pose perfect composition. Not very colorfull bird, but look at this shape! Very interesting note also. Great work Janice!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-01 13:29]

Quite an eye-catching shot here Janice!
I don't think I've ever seen a white peacock before.
I'll never forget the first time I ever heard a peacock scream!
This picture is simply splendid!
Thanks for sharing,

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-01 20:51]

Hi Janice.
Is a nice shot, perfect pose and great capture.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-12-02 13:47]

Janice, I've never seen one of them.

Great capture of this fascinating bird.

I like composition and pov a lot.

A lovely and pleasing image.

Ale cudo!! pierwszy raz widze na oczy!!:D:D:D

Hi Janice,
I have never seen a white peacock in my life! Wonderful picture and what a beauty!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-05 0:06]

Hello Janice!
Good picture. Nice composition.
We had some snow today and your White Peahen would have disappeared in it: white on white.
Have a great week my distant friend.

You did well to get his all in the frame. The exposure is spot on. Well done, Janice.

Hi Janice,
Excellent shot! The peacock is so beautiful. His feathers look so elegant. I like the composition and the colours in the background, which contrast well with the white of the peacock. Nice work!

Excellent, superb detail, pose, composition.
Just excellent all round!
Thanks for posting.

What an awesome bird and nice shot of it too! I didn't know they "come" in a white version. I've never seen one!

hi janice,
great shot of a rare animal.good POV,nice colours and details, and an explanatory note.
thank you for sharing.

This guy has given you a perfect pose.

Merhaba Janice,işte en çok sevdiğim White Peahen (Tavus Kuşu)fotoğrafı.Güzelliği ile büyüleyici,bir çiçek gibi,ellerine sağlık,sevgiler :)

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