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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Hoya UV - 58mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Colourful Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-16 13:03
Viewed: 5300
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This peacock was strutting his stuff at Whipsnade last week, certainly one of the most eye catching birds.

The peacock is India's national bird. These flashy members of the pheasant family are found in woodlands and forests throughout India and Sri Lanka. Peacocks have been introduced to many countries all over the world, and are kept at many stately homes in Britain. They have a very loud screeching call, so you might hear one even if you don't see it.
Peacocks are male peafowl. Their elegant trains contain as many as 200 feathers with shiny green, gold and blue markings which look a bit like eyes. In ancient India peacocks were associated with the all-seeing sun, and in Greek mythology these 'eyespots' were said to be the hundred eyes of the giant Argos.

The peacock uses his amazing plumage to attract a mate, fanning out his train, strutting about, and shaking his tail feathers. Sadly the females often don't seem that impressed! They are called peahens and have a dull brown plumage. They don't have colourful trains, but like peacocks, they are crowned with a crest of bright blue feathers. Peahens usually nest on the ground, and lay between four and ten eggs in April. The young birds are called peachicks.

You might expect peacocks to have an exotic diet but they don't. They eat worms, insects, small snakes, berries, grain and seeds. In the wild they feed in the same place each day, and make their homes near a handy watering hole. Peacocks are sociable birds, living in groups (musters) of one male and up to five females.

Notes from BBC science and nature

Thanks for looking

sAner, pompey, Fisher, PDP, Signal-Womb, rlortie, marhowie, wideload, sergegagne, scottevers7, dew77, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-16 14:00]

The most beautiful/eye-catching bird ever created I reckon, when he wants to show off his feathers. Ex POV and the colours are perfect. Good job! TFS Alan.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-16 14:02]

Lovely POV and composition Alan, great colours too.
A good sharp image and excellent note.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-03-16 14:48]

A beautiful portrait. Well captured and composed. Excelent work.


Excellent colours, it looks like a paint and very good one!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-16 16:09]

Hi Alan, I like the composition that you have made, a nice tight crop that captures the essence of the bird. I think that is a little soft in focus but good job.

That a nice capture Paul displaying well the markings and details in the magnificence of the feathers. Very well done.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-16 16:55]

Très belle image, ce toujurs super ce festival des couleurs.

Very good composition and colors. Nice tight crop.

Excellent composition Alan with striking colors. Great note, Thanx!

Nice vivid colours and good detail Alan, nicely composed portrait.

A real stunner, Alan! I particularly like your different POV of that so-often-photographed bird with the tight crop. TFS

Alan, a superb captue on the peacock. The color is so vivid that it looks like a painting. Great detail, and the framing is perfect. Well Done

Hi Alan!
Wondeful, colorful and graceful :-))))))

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-03-17 5:10]

Beautiful picture...

Stunning colours and details. God composition and DOF as well. Great note to.

Thanx for sharing

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-17 5:38]

Wonderful closeup of this peacock. I love your composition and the details are nice and sharp. Colors are very good and saturated. TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-17 6:00]

Excellent POV,Alan! Looks like 3-D
Very good work you've done here,TFS

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-17 10:49]

Alan, the last time I saw one of these I was a kid; now, I'm 34. So it means a long time has gone by.

I'd like to have the chance to shoot one of them, and you did a great job here.

Excellent composition, pov and colors.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-17 15:01]

A non-classical PoV.
Great composition.
A great work: piture and a complete note.
Thanks Alan.

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-03-17 16:11]

Jolie prise de vue! Très graphique!

This composition rocks! Excellent framing of this moment. The sharpness can be improved but besides that its a great shot.

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