The Dance, and Beauty Of Peacocks; A Trip To Mysore’s Kaaranji Lake Nature Park

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I just can’t stop looking at it. It’s sapphire-blue body, in midst of the green. It’s hazel eyes – so detailed with a little white sparkle in each one. It’s feathers as we all know – absolutely, gorgeous.

There in front of me was a peacock.

Guess where all this happened? We are in Mysore right now. That’s where I am writing this – sitting in front of this light brown wooden desk (is it wooden? I don’t know) in our hotel. We are here to see land, as well as for a vacation.

We had gone to Kaaranji Lake, a nature park along with its lake which was beautiful. More about that later.

“It’s really awesome, Pari.” My dad told me. “You feel as though the birds are walking right beside you.”

Now, this excited me! All along our trip to the zoo before, we were able to see only birds locked up in cages and lions walking fenced inside an area.  But this… was fun.

As I walked inside, I saw peacocks, swans, birds, everywhere. The area had a light netting on the top so they wouldn’t fly away, as well as a little fencing around them so the little kids wouldn’t go too close. But they could happily walk around wherever they wanted to. The best thing I liked about this was this. I could see the Lions stressfully walking around in a fenced area in the zoo like I said before – yeah it was fun to watch, but deep down, you feel disturbed. Here it was much more peaceful.

I was strolling with the camera strapped around my neck like always, exploring the space when my dad rapidly called me. “Look here!”

And then, I saw something.

There a little far from me, was a male peacock enlarging its feathers in full glory. I cupped my hands over my mouth. I’d never seen a peacock up so close! I could see him opening every little feather with it’s shining, sapphire body and sparkling eyes. And then, I realized it – haha! He was attracting a female! No wonder. I could see the little peahen pecking beside him as she caught his eye, slowly, walking towards him.

Then I saw something that made me say, “what?!” The peacock was doing a “dance” where it was bobbing his rear end up and down, to attract the female. I have to say, it was hilarious.  His feathers made a loud, raining like sound when he opened and closed his feathers.

Every time he opened his feathers, he made a ‘shivering’ sound to attract the female. At one point, everybody started actually feeling sorry for the male, since he was trying so hard! But the peahen wasn’t giving up either. When the male was retreating a little, she would come running up to him again as if to say, “don’t give up!”

A fact I found from the internet:

The male peacock will spread his tail feathers in a large fan-shape, and strut about shaking the feathers to attract the attention of the peahens (the female peacock).  A peahen will choose a mate based on who has the largest and most colorful feathers.

There was something quite interesting, I thought. The back of the peacock was that. The ribs of the feathers were leading from it’s back to the top, and it was quite astonishing. Almost a little weird, actually. Since you can’t see any of the body except the feathers on it’s back – it looks enthralling.

As we all probably know, in humans females are more attractive. Whereas in the animal/bird kingdom, it’s the male! Males are more colorful and therefore more attractive.

Interesting, right? Here’s a fact:

So, a more colorful male bird is likely to be spotted prior to a dull bird by the female. Color in birds is also a defense mechanism. Some predators can be intimidated by bright color. So, a female bird would see a brighter male as a potentially better mate because he would be able to protect her nest better.

There’s so much that goes on in the animal kingdom, isn’t it? We just don’t know about them.

Me standing in front of the birds.

I simply don’t know what to say. I’ve always thought “yeah, peacocks are pretty birds,” but when I saw this… This doesn’t mean other birds aren’t beautiful. All birds are. In fact, my mom is a huge bird lover herself.

I’m pretty impressed with the pictures I took, too! In fact, the first thing I want to do when I go back to Goa is to make a watercolor art on peacocks. (Wait for the blog post, and possibly the Etsy listing!) If you didn’t know, I have an Etsy shop where I sell my art, my paintings, paper mache… I love it.

There’s just something about peacocks, especially when you look at them from so close, it’s gorgeous. Majestic. I’ve never been so mesmerized by the beauty of birds, or in this case peacocks until now, since I’ve always been more of an animal-person. But something that also draws me to the peacock is the color. I adore aqua, turquoise shades, and that’s exactly what the peacock has! With its sapphire blue neck, bright blue shades. Every little, little part of its body is detailed! It’s designed with thought.

Honestly, sometimes they even look like a showpiece! ;P

“My god, peacocks are truly designed by god,” I laugh-whispered to my parents.

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P.S What’s your favorite bird? Comment down below!! It’ll be so fun to know.

Mine are probably peacocks.


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4 comments

  1. Ashu says:

    Pari Beautiful Clicks and very well observed behaviour of peacock.I m also bird lover,n doing lot of birding,amongst my favourite bird is Pied hornbill,yet to catch it’s glimpse. Happy writing n exploring.

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