garden photography: peacock in the park

In March I’m looking for Wildlife in the Garden

(This month I want to see photos and stories about wildlife in the ‘garden’ – insects, spider, birds, rabbits, hedgehog, fox, snake (!) whatever you can find in your garden, public gardens, lakes, parks. But please not the family dog!)


Finding a peacock is not all that difficult. Finding one that actually opens his iridescent tail can be somewhat more challenging. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colourful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues.

Fan-shaped Crest

In the Parque Marechal Carmona, Cascais, Portugal several Indian peafowl were strutting their stuff, the males trying to impress the white peahen (header image). I wanted to get a shot of the fan-like crest of spatula-tipped wire-like feathers as well as those stunning ‘eye-spots’. And luckily one obliged by opening up his tail feathers. Impressed me.


If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it MarchWildlife in the Garden
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in April.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. I love that first photo. It’s so dramatic.

  2. I like this Wildlife in the garden post, it is a great idea! Lovely capture of the peacock.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Janaline. Lots of squirrels for you to capture in the Company’s Garden 😉 if you feel like joining in.

  3. Vicky says:

    Hi,my March post, rather late this month, but better late than never, hope you enjoy!

  4. Sue Slaght says:

    Beautiful images Jude. I especially like the close up of the head seeing the detail. I laughed out loud at your ” but please not the family dog’. Disappointed dogs howling around the blogosphere. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… no doubt! But there are plenty of blogs for dogs and cats 🙂

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        True enough Jude. 🙂

  5. It’s still St. Patrick’s Day here, and to my mind etymology is evergreen: the pea in peacock has nothing to do with peas but comes from the Latin word for peacock, which was pāvō

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh yes! I have some chickens from the same park in Portugal, but decided on the peacock.

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