Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Peacocks in Austin's Rescue Zoo

I don't usually like to go to zoos, but the Austin zoo is an exception. That is because it is a rescue zoo and sanctuary.


Last weekend while we were there, I was totally captivated by the peacocks and peahens that wander about freely within the zoo, hopping in and out of other enclosures at will.



I have seen several peacocks in India and here in the US, but I am always still awed by the extreme ostentatiousness of their plumage. How complex the combination of colors are! I wonder if they know how striking their appearance is.



They must be pretty used to the attention they get, because they pretty much ignored me as I stalked them with my camera.



As the sun started to go down, many of them suddenly launched into this cacophony of screams and calls ...



... and fanned out their feathers as they walked about with heads held high.



Of course, the lady looked pretty unimpressed. I wish she hadn't been sitting against those trees, or I could've got a better picture of her.



I had a collection of peacock feathers as a kid in India, and remember well how soft and silky the shiny feathers are.



The weather is turning warm here, but the wildflowers still linger. Spring has taken its time here this year. Wishing you a colorful week, until next time ...

17 comments:

Chris said...

Hi Bindu, What a beautiful subject. I love the perspectives you used to take these photographs. They are inspiring so many ideas!

Mridula said...

A peacock with the beak wide open, that is new for me, I liked it!

ArtPropelled said...

I'm also in awe of peacocks. My inlaws had many peacocks traipsing around the farm and that wid cry of there's thrilled me every time. Beautiful photos, Bindu.

Blu said...

Gorgeous colours thanks for sharing those great shots with us. Best wishes Blu x

Viswanathan said...

Dear Bindu,

You have a great talent in capturing subjects. Peacock walks, exibits his beauty, dance and sings in your picture. Very lovely. Congratulations.

appa

Nisha said...

Bindu,
Your photos are very rich in color and gorgeous.

LadyFi said...

Ah, what a vivid and splendid creature the peacock is! Great set of photos.

French Fancy said...

Aren't they the most splendid creatures ever.

Glad you are posting again, Bindu

Trotter said...

Hi Bindu! Those pictures are awesome!!

Sorry for the absence, but my computer broke down and I’ll be waiting a month for it to be fixed… ;-( Anyhow, I left you a post on the suburbs of Ephesus for you to enjoy. Have a great week!!

T and S said...

Nice captures and neatly composed...Thomas

Barbara Martin said...

Beautiful photos of gracious birds with their magnificent plummage.

Most birds produce their 'songs' before nightfall. Often the males, as they are warning off other encroaching males from a female they have chosen.

My lovebirds go through a 'song' every evening just before they are covered for the night. It seems it's one last chatting season before they retire.

Sydney said...

WOW the pic with the peacock's mouth open is fantastic!!!! Beautiful photos, but that's no surprise coming from your talented eye.

Rajesh said...

Gorgeous peacocks. They are so colorful.

pink dogwood said...

pictures are gorgeous - the blue is so blue :)

Karine said...

Hi Bindu,

This reminds me of a time when M and I were in Sydney, Australia. I tried to get a photo of a peacock at a park there and it turned and chased me away!!!

Love your photos...

Purnima@a creative project said...

beautiful pics!!

Sekhar said...

Loved the last pic.