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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): vanderschelden's birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-25 14:13
Viewed: 5505
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photographed in a zoo in Lille....
The title 'Pauw' is Dutch for Peafowl.

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 Green Peafowl is very different in appearance to the Indian Peafowl. The male has a more green and even gold plumage than the Indian Peafowl and even more brilliant color. The wings are black with a sheen of blue. The crest is of a very different shape and is tufted. The head is usually greenish in color, although the speculated new race/species P. (muticus) annamensis is said to have a bluer head than many other peafowl.

Many of the brilliant colours of the peacock plumage are due to an optical interference phenomenon (Bragg reflection) based on (nearly) periodic nanostructures found in the barbules (fiber-like components) of the feathers.

Different colours correspond to different length scales of the periodic structures. For brown feathers, a mixture of red and blue is required: one color is created by the periodic structure, and the other is a created by a Fabry-Perot interference peak from reflections off the outermost and innermost boundaries of the periodic structure.

Such interference-based structural color is especially important in producing the peacock's iridescent hues (which shimmer and change with viewing angle), since interference effects depend upon the angle of light, unlike chemical pigments.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
17/03/2007 15:46:44
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
98.0 - 280.0mm
Focal Length

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-25 15:47]

bonjour Annick
très belle couleur et excellente netteté. J'aime beaucoup de cadrage qui forme un BG tout en plumes.


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  • meo Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 121] (759)
  • [2007-03-25 16:33]

Nice photo with vivid colors.
I wonder if you had a shot covering the full tail?

Hi Annick,
Wow! Eyes, eyes, eyes....
Very expressive capture!
Regards and TFS,

Beautiful colors on this bird, great shot. TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-25 18:44]

Hi Annick,

een mooie capture van deze pralende vogel,goed gecropped en de kleuren zijn prachtig,ik heb deze ook in het wild gezien in sri lanka,groetjes en TFS


Olá Annick

Ótima captura do pavão exibindo a sua bela plumagem. As cores são excelentes e os detalhes lindos. Um ótimo trbalho.

Abraços e parabéns!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-25 22:31]

Hello Annick

A beautiful portrait of this peacock.The colours and definition in the plumage is excellent.Nicely composed and cropped.Very good POV.TFS


Wow Annick, what a fantastic and royal picture! Lovely lovely colors and sharpness on this one. I like this crop alot.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-26 0:18]

Hi Annick,
Wow, that is a winner.
How did you get him to fan his tail out for you like that?
TFS. : )

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-26 2:45]

Hi Annick

Another excellent peacock shot. Really strong composition.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-26 7:47]

Hello Annick,
I have never been able to get a peacock with his tail fanned like this. Your capture is fantastic all the color and details are superb. Isn't mother nature grand, thanks for the great note too.
:) tomorrow

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-26 16:02]

Bonsoir Annick
Je pense qu'il a voulu te séduire ;-)
Belle prise, très belles couleurs et netteté.
Bravo, Amicalement Robi

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-26 16:28]

Hi Annick

This is a SPLENDID shot!
I really like your idea here with the tight crop - it sure concentrates all the attention and it makes the colors and the spots look more intense and more numerous, and thus having more impact!
The details and the POV are also terrific and the composition as a total is wonderful!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Annick,
Beautifully detailed photo of the Peacock. A pleasure to study.

Hi Annick,
Excellant capture of this Indian beauty. But its pity to know that its in zoo.Excellan colors and pose. You are lucky to se this pose.
Inmy home town (In India) we have wild peacocks. Thosands of them. Now its season for corn in India so they come in my backyard to find some food. But i was not able to captue a single picture of them. Peacock (male) spreads his tail to attarct female. Their breeding season starts at arnd June ( india) which also marks the arrival of manson (rain) in india. And his dance with spearded feathers is treat to watch.We beleive that When he dances, its an indication of arrival of rain.
This mansoon (june) i will prepared to capture these beauties for sure.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-03-27 11:34]

How beautiful and these vivid colours.Clear details. Wonderful!
Regards sela

bonsoir ANNICK
tres jolie photo de ce paon, les couleurs sont éclatantes
bravo et merci du partage

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