The Peacock Post
The guest house where we stayed while KM attended his board meeting was in Gudgaon. It is situated in a farmhouse belonging to the group of companies, and has many houses situated in expansive gardens. All sorts of birds find the gardens a haven. I saw RED-WATTLED LAPWINGS, ASIAN PIED STARLINGS, ASHY PRINIAS, TAILOR BIRDS, PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRDS, apart from the usual KOELS and regular CMPK (Crow-Mynah-Pigeon-Kite!)
But the stars of the place were, obviously, these birds who hopped in and out of the property, flying high enough to clear the second floor roof. Here’s one young, beautiful (let anyone try to disagree with me about that adjective!) male…
Off they went, with the typical high-stepping peacock strut…the words “proud as a peacock” do make sense when you watch these birds! Alas, they didn’t dance for me that day; but click on “these birds” at the top of my post; the Wiki entry has a picture of the dancing peacock, though no picture could ever do justice to the actual sight!
In Hindu mythology, the peacock is the vehicle of Karthik, also called Subrahmanya, the younger son of Shiva. I always think he must have been the first in the line when the vehicles were allocated, it must have been the first to be “taken”!
The only other bird I have seen to(sort of!) equal this is the Monal Pheasant of the sub-Himalayan region. These are not easy birds to see, but I was lucky enough to see one twice, both out of a running vehicle during our Uttaranchal trip, when I didn’t have a camera handy!