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Pavo cristatus

Pavo cristatus
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Tamron 28mm-300mm, ISO 100, 62mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-20 8:33
Viewed: 4132
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Pavo
Species: P. cristatus
Binomial name: Pavo cristatus(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Indian Peafowl, Pavo cristatus also known as the Common Peafowl and the India 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 eastern Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

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 mainly seeds, but also some insects, fruits and reptiles.

The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen. The Indian Peacock has beautiful iridescent blue-green plumage. The upper tail coverts are enormously elongated and ornate with an eye at the end of each feather. The female plumage is a mixture of dull green, grey and iridescent blue, with the greenish-grey predominating. In the breeding season, females can be told apart from the lack of the long tail feathers also known as the train. Peahens can be distinguished from males in the non-breeding season by the green colour of the neck as opposed to the blue on the males.

Peafowl are most notable for the male's extravagant tail also known as a train, a result of sexual selection, which it displays as part of courtship. 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.

Peacocks are sometimes kept as domesticated animals for decoration. Many varieties exist, such as black-shouldered, oaten, white, purple, opal, pied, and midnight.

The peacock is the national bird of India.

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This picture has been shot in the "Ammerländer Vogel- und Landschaftspark Westerstede."

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Fenomenal retrato y excelente bg.
Bellos colores y nitidez.
Este pavo puede dormir en paz estas navidades sabiendo que su vida no corre peligro..(je).
Un saludo. JL.

This is a Top quality potrait of Indian Peafowl, those glassy eyes are suberb. your pictures have a punch and way to go MF.
Convey my regards to paula and rene.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-12-20 10:00]

Hello !
This is a wonderful picture ! I like everything here - sharp details, natural and vivid colors, splendid composition and POV, excellent blurred BG. The bird looks very proud and I love the long feathers on his head. Very well done !

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2007-12-20 10:30]

Hi Thijs
This is very nice potrait.
Very natural color and sharp details.
Well done.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-20 11:44]

Hi. Just got home so a quick note for now to say great shot. well done TFS.

Hello Thijs,
Excellent close up, very good composition and pov, good sharpness and clarity. beautiful colors and detail in the plummage.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-21 11:35]

Hallo Thijis,
Prachtig gefotografeerd portret. Goede scherpte en kleuren. Vooral het contrast met de achtergrond vind ik erg mooi. Bijzondere compositie door de iets teruggetrokken kop.
Prettige feestdagen,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-23 4:42]

Hello Thijs,
Excellent portrait of this Peafowl showing great details and lovely colours. It stands out very nicely from the green background. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bonjour thijs
l'expression est tout a fait appropriée,ici on dit :"fier comme un paon",et celui-ci le montre bien.
un tres bon gros plan.
joyeuses fêtes

hello thijs,
what a fine closeup shot, the oof green bg looks beautiful, sharp image with good details of the plumage, pleasing composition, nice framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

wish you and your family Merry Christmas

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-24 0:54]

Hello Thijs ! Great portrait of this Peafowl ! Very sharp details, very good exposure and great background ! Well done ! Have a great Christmas time my friend !


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-12-24 8:16]

Een prachtige foto thijs , mooi statig beest mooie kleuren details compositie de groene bg heel mooi en de framing , groeten teunie ,en fijne dagen en een goed 2008 voor jou en de familie .

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-12-25 3:07]

Hi Thijs,
Mooi portrait van deze pauw. De kop komt prachtig uit tegen de groene achtergrond. Scherpte en details, compo en pov zijn zeer goed.
Fijne dagen

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