Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
A group of Peafowl is poetically and appropriately, known as an “ascension”. To see the glory of a male peafowl in the wild with their long ostentatious iridescent tails, and sapphire feathered crest, neck, and breast, makes it clear peacocks have ascended to a glorified position in the animal world. It is not a surprise that throughout history the peacock has been associated with royalty, pride and immortality, and is the national bird of India.
The term peacock is properly reserved for the male; the female is known as a peahen, and the immature offspring are peachicks.
Females are as big as males but lack the magnificent long “tail” or “ train.” This "train," consists not of tail feathers at all, but highly elongated, upper tail covers that grow out from the lower back above the tail.
Though awe inspiring and beautiful, they fly about like a cinderblock. Their heavy bodies, short wings, and the male’s massive tail conspirie to ruin their aerodynamics. Despite their aeronautical challenges they often fly high into the trees to roost in safety for the night.
Everyday I see them wandering the fields for food happily eating anything they can stuff in their mouth and digest; plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians.
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Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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