Peacocks By Design
New York City’s three Cathedral peacocks have already begun their annual spring courtship displays in which they unfurl their insanely long, dazzling tail feathers, hold them up in a giant fan, and rotate slowly to enchant the ladies. Here is a video I took a few years ago of one of St John the Divine’s peacocks in fine form.
The boys will be displaying like this all spring and summer, but who do they hope to woo? The nearest peahen is several miles away at the Central Park Zoo or the Bronx Zoo (from which one of the pealadies briefly escaped in 2011).
Still the peacock boys display to anyone and no one. Yesterday, the white peacock was showing his tail in front of the shed that serves as their roost, while one of the blue peacocks stood alone at the end of the steep driveway, just a few feet from Morningside Drive, with his tail in full sail.
Tails furled or unfurled, peacocks seem to have an innate design sense.
Here the white peacock displays a striking horizontal elegance.
Down the driveway, his friend advocates for the power and beauty of the vertical.
For more on the Cathedral peacocks, stay tuned. Or visit our archives.2014, Birds, In the City, Peacocks, Seasons, Spring, Wildlife/Natural History, Winter
This entry was posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:30 am and is filed under 2014, Birds, In the City, Peacocks, Seasons, Spring, Wildlife/Natural History, Winter. You can subscribe via RSS 2.0 feed to this post's comments.comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.