Sunday, May 24, 2009

✈ Peacock Feathers ✈

Lately our peacock has been doing his spring ritual. He spends the morning trying to woo his mate. Only problem is, we don't have a female peacock !! 

peacock featherSo poor Pete just shakes his feathers for the chickens, who couldn't care less. Pete adopted us a few years ago, just wandering into the chicken coop area unannounced. We don't know if someone abandoned him, or if he got lost. So he just lives with our chickens now, bringing us enjoyment and hopefully bringing some peace in his life.

He looks amazing all spread out, but what I find interesting is the plumage he has in the rear. When his tail feathers are up, the display in the back is lovely as well! He has long strong grey feathers that hold up the tail, then a big tuft of cotton ball feathers, framed by his wings and some lovely gold feathers. Here are two pictures of what I'm talking about:

It was a bit breezy this morning, but he was giving it his all. I was impressed !!

His tail feathers will start shedding once the spring mating season is over. We collect the most in the later summer. He looks more comfortable when he isn't having to drag around all the feathers. The colors on the feathers are really lovely.

Does anyone else have a peacock? Share your stories in the comments.


crochetgal said...

"Pete" is beautiful! I've always been drawn to the colours in a peacock feathers..

Doris Sturm said...

How beautiful Pete is! Isn't there any way you could find him a girlfriend and maybe have some baby peacocks? How cute would that be... Your photos are excellent. He looks like a very healthy bird. I just love those pictures.
Thanks for sharing, Kathryn!

PeanutandTommy said...

Pete is just so beautiful! Lovely!