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.