|Informação sobre a Foto|
|Direitos de Autor: Greg Hume (greghume)
|Data da Foto: 2005-07-04|
|Câmara: Panasonic Lumix FZ20|
|Exposição: f/5.2, 1/320 segundos|
|Versão da Foto: Versão Original|
|Data de Submissão: 2005-07-12 22:18|
|Favoritos: 3 [ver]|
|[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista|
|Peafowl belong to the family Galliformes, which include pheasants, quail, grouse, turkeys and Guinea fowl. Peafowls are among the largest Galliformes. The peacock is six to eight feet in length, including the train, and weigh up to twelve pounds; the peahen is smaller. This is the India Blue Peafowl Pavo cristatus, the national bird of India. |
It is a common misconception that the peacock's train is made of very long tail feathers. In reality, the 150 or so "feathers" in the train are actually protective extensions, or coverts, that cover the tail feathers. The tail feathers are the short, stiff quills that stand up behind the coverts to hold the fan aloft. Because the coverts are different lengths, the exotic eyespots at the end of each covert appear to be scattered about the fan.
These feathers are colored metallic green, and are decorated with irridescent ocelli, or eyespots, ringed with blue and bronze. A male may sport from 100 to 175 of these ocelli; the fanned train display is designed to show off each and every one. And with good reason. Females select mates based on the number of ocelli. Males with the greatest number win the most females.
People and peacocks have had a very long association. For over 4,000 years they have been a colourful and graceful sight around Indian temples, where they were worshipped for their ability to fend off snakes and bad luck. Today, Indian peafowl congregate safely near villages and shrines where they are still protected by sacred Hindu law. Elsewhere in India they are hunted for food and feathers even though they are India's national bird. Indian folklore has it that the peacock's cry forecasts rain.
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Great bird, great picture, I like it a lot. The only thing I'm sorry for the background is green too and the birds tail is lost in the background, but maybe this gives the picture a sense of complete
Very nice capture.Vivid colors,sharpness and details are perfect.Thanks for sharing.
- [2005-07-14 4:33]
Wonderful and interesting shot for this superb Peacock ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are great ! Thanks for sharing Greg.
Hello Greg, beautiful peacock, beautiful background. Wonderful job. Thanks for showing it us.