Not your average peacock

Peacocks have got to be the most frivolously decadent of Mother Nature’s inventions. They are a fabulous concoction of colours and feathers and I simply adore them. Which is why, when I heard from Out Walking the Dog about the peacocks that roam the grounds of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in northern Manhattan, I couldn’t resist stopping by to say hello.

As I wandered around the back of the church, two glorious peacocks greeted me precociously, strutting their splendour for all to see.

Precocious
A peacock and his shadow
Gosh, aren't I fabulous?

The other birds were positively outshadowed, they just didn’t stand a chance.

Outshadowed in the background

A lone squirrel made a brave attempt to compete…

Look at my fabulous tail

…but eventually admitted defeat.

Oh never mind.

But just as these two peacocks were revelling in their feathery glory, out popped a snowy white peacock and stole the show. Apparently, he liked the cut of my jib, because he puffed out his feathers and put on the most spectacular display.

Shazaam!
A twirl to the right...
...and a twirl to the left
Closeup, wow!
Ooh, that's a bit rude

He then proceeded to take me on a guided tour of the church grounds, stopping along the way for some fabulous photo opportunities. He is apparently a well-seasoned model.

Through the tunnel we went

He clambered up the church steps, waiting patiently until I caught up, peeping over one shoulder as if to say “I’m ready for my closeup”. Who was I to say no?

Ready?
I'm waiting
All right Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.
This is my good side.
A quick pose on the balcony, tail feathers wafting dreamily in the breeze
Ooh look, more steps upon which to pose provocatively
Peacock descending a staircase

And then there was just enough time for a quick lap of the shrubbery before turning in for the evening.

Wind catches his tail as he wanders through the shrubbery

White peacocks are supposed to bring eternal happiness, and I shall be eternally happy I met this lovely creature. Thank you, snowy white peacock, for the time we spent together. Until we meet again.

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24 thoughts on “Not your average peacock”

      1. Ooh, and thanks for reminding me, that’s where I heard about the peacocks – from Melissa on Out Walking the Dog. I’m going to edit my post to give her a nod!

    1. Haha, love it, Susie, he definitely had a touch of Brad Pitt about him, although the mischievous glint in his eye reminded me a little of George Clooney. Not a bad mix, all in all! ;-).

  1. love love love it! These are so beautiful! Aah! i am truly jealous. Do they have those to get people to go to church? Because i would totally go if that white peacock asked me to.

    also, i love the tunnel ones! amazing. amazing.

    1. Knew you’d like him, he’s spectacular, isn’t he? I believe the peacocks were a gift to the church many years ago, so not a cunning ploy to attract parishioners, but I agree with you, I would do pretty much anything that white peacock asked πŸ™‚

  2. I somehow missed this post! Thanks for the nod. I do love those peacocks, and they are very active wooers, despite (or because?) there are no female peacocks around. As always, your photos are stunning.

    1. Thank you for letting me know about them. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when the white peacock popped out to say hello. He was quite the Romeo! πŸ™‚

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