Proud Peacock

The Okanagan Valley is home to a flock of wild peafowl; their domesticated ancestors were released a couple of decades ago. Did you know that peacocks are a type of pheasant?

Hey, you’re new!

No one thought they would survive, but they have done much better than expected and are now well established.

Want to join my harem?

I encountered this one while I was out for a walk. The male approached me while two peahens wandered into a nearby yard.

See, I have the greatest of great tails!

He turned his back to me and started vibrating his feathers, or in other words, he was inviting me to, um, assess him. It was quite the display, but I don’t think I’m ready to become part of the peacock cult.

But I’m so handsome!

Greetings from the peacocks of Okanagan Valley. 🙂

15 thoughts on “Proud Peacock”

  1. Great shots of these showoffs. Interesting that they would survive so long on their own. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day Lynette. Allan

    1. Thank you. 🙂 It is rather a feat of survival. When people first realised they were around, it was generally thought that they wouldn’t make it through the first winter, but lo and behold, here they are, 20 years later and clearly doing well.

    1. Unfortunately, no feathers. 🙂 I agree, it’s strange that they haven’t been killed off. There are lots of bears, cougars and coyotes around. I think they like to roost in the trees in people’s yards, and that would give them a degree of protection, but then again, maybe they are better at predator evasion than we think.

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