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Courtship ritual of Indian peafowl

Here's another story from the Karanji lake, Mysore. During my visit, I was able to witness two peacocks competing for the attention of a peahen.

This peacock made the first move by passively approaching the peahen...


The cool and composed attitude didn't seem to impress the peahen...



Then came the other peacock with a dazzling display of tail plumage, courtship antics and loud screeching. The peahen was impressed...


The Indian peacock has very flashy plumage, with a bright blue head and neck, but the Indian peahen is a drab, mottled brown in comparison. The male needs his bright feathers to attract a mate, and the female needs to be able to blend in with the bushes so that predators cannot see her while she is incubating her eggs. 

46 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots of the peacock! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  2. Gorgeous presentation of nature's dance and beauty!!!

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  3. Beautiful photo of the peacock! Happy New Year!

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  4. I would love to have seen this. I've heard they do quite a display in their bid for the female. Looks like they will have to work a little harder! LOL

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  5. Wow! What an image the last one made

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  6. I am feeling like stealing the third pic for my WW post for my blog frozen moments. :) :)

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    1. It will be my pleasure to get featured in your frozen moments. :-)

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  7. Beautiful photos and great colors.

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  8. Stunning shots. Apparently the Peahen likes, "Flashy" over calm, cool & collected. At any rate the male is a gorgeous bird.

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  9. Awesome captures, Shiju!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2014/01/new-yearnew-sunrise.html

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  10. Oh those are some amazing peacock captures :)
    love the hues!!
    Happy New Year :)

    Defiant Princess
    www.khanvibes.com

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  11. Fantastic photos of these gorgeous birds!

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  12. What glorious colors...beautiful images.

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  13. Gorgeous photos and obviously the brightest and loudest gets the prize.

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  14. excellent shots...such beautiful colors!!

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  15. Incredible shots of the peacocks and hen, such beautiful feathers. A neighbor of ours had peacocks and 3 came down and were hanging around our yard once, they could fly up to our rooftop or into some tall cedar trees.

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  16. Fantastic photos! Beautiful colors!

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  17. such a beautiful bird - the colours are so vibrant and captured so beautifully.

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  18. I have only ever seen a peacock once for real, this one is beautiful & what a lovely colour :-)

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  19. brilliant capture. Such a beautiful bird

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  20. Wow, stunning bird. The blue color is so rich. I did a bird for WW also.

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  21. Very beautiful shots!! love the colors.
    Have a nice day.

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  22. Wonderful shots of these showy birds!

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  23. Nothing more beautiful than a peacock strutting his stuff.

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  24. You have captured it majestically, so beautiful

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  25. I love watching the males dance for the ladies!

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  26. Just beautiful. I love peacocks!

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  27. Your peahen wile featured on oygif this weekend. Hope you'd find time to drop by.

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  28. Stunning captures! Mother Nature has a way with colors!

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  29. Beautiful birds and stunning pics. Thanks for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday#75

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  30. I never once, during my 15 months in India, got to see a peacock displayed so beautifully. I agree with Indrani, that boisterous male would be great for her "Frozen Moments".

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  31. I love peacocks..even wrote a poem about them in my book. Elephants are still my favorites but the peacock males definitely strut and show off their plumage ( like a lot of the Indian men I know!! ).

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