Sunday, May 15, 2011

CELEBRATING LIFE - ON THE ROOFTOP!

The peahens are as drab, as the peacocks are beautiful when the mating season approaches. It starts sometime in the months of April/ May and lasts until the end of the monsoons approximately. After this the peacocks shed their feathers. During the last week we were witness to our first mating dance on a rooftop directly opposite our balcony. The backdrop were green neem trees. The peacock lifted its beautiful feathers and started the mating dance with the peahen watching initially with a lot of disinterest. The peacock persevered and continued to prance around rustling his feathers.........

The peahen gave him a sideways glance.......
 Found him hard to ignore........
 Turned around to fathom if he was sincere.......
 The peacock continued with his beatific performance........
 The peahen started to measure him up...........
 Right to left.........
 narrowing the distance between them, as she went along.........
 The peacock did a great jiggle with his behind.........
 and eased off to the corner of the roof.........
 the peahen relented.......two Mynah witnesses flew in....... and also a competitor.
 The purpose of the dance was not fulfilled due to competition, but we witnessed the most beautiful dance from our balcony - truely a celebration of life, and continuity.

8 comments:

AswathiBabu said...

very very nice...nice images

Soulmate said...

mesmerising actually.. the way you have captured each and every movement of the peacock and the peahen... wow!!!
I cant take my eyes off from tht peacock...

How do we know said...

Beautiful!!

Reflections said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures and imagery!!!!!

I'm curious, how was it u were able to see it from ur balcony.....do u live opposite a bird sanctuary or something;-o????

J P Joshi said...

Thank you all for your comments. Ahmedabad is a city which is home to many variety of animals and birds - maybe because gujjus are vegetarians, and also provide for the animals. We have peacocks, monkeys, langurs, pigeons, parrots and so on out here in abundance, besides the stray dogs, cows and the usual.

On this particular day we had just finished our morning tea and newspaper routine when this dance started on the rooftop that is opposite our balcony - I got my camera and the photographs are the result.

Nancy: No, we donot live close to a bird sanctuary. There is some greenery around. This place was once the western outskirts of Ahmedabad but is now in the so-called happening area of the city.

Anonymous said...

Looks like romance to me !!
Wonderful presentation and depiction of the great event :)
Keep up the great work it is a pleasure :)

labelle BG said...

merci de ce document :il est si rare de voir cet oiseau ,présent dans les jardins des châteaux en France , faire la roue à sa compagne pour la séduire !
Merci pour tes autres photos :que de couleurs ! c'est si beau !

J P Joshi said...

Translation of the above comment in French: "Thank you for this document :it is so rare to see this bird ,present in the gardens of the castles in France , make the wheel to his companion to seduce her! Thank you for your other photos :that of colors! It is so beautiful!"