(All photos in this post were taken by Susan Wicker at Whitney's Farm Market in Cheshire, MA)
There are so many beautiful birds in the world, coming in all colors, sizes and shapes.
One of the most incredible, to me, is the male blue peacock.
So many times, while visiting zoos and spotting peacocks, I'd hope they would fan out their gorgeous feathers but they rarely did.
However, while visiting a small petting zoo recently, at Whitney's Farm Market in Western Massachusetts, with my baby granddaughter, I got the surprise of my life.
There, behind some of the chicken wire fencing, was the most gorgeous blue peacock imaginable.
His feathers were splendorous in eye-popping colors and fanned out.
He even shook them a few times, as if to garner our already rapt attention.
Truly, the bird, a member of the pheasant family, was something quite magnificent to observe.
Since knowing almost nothing about peacocks, seeing the awesome bird made me want to learn more.
According to eHow, on the Internet, the blue peacock is the national bird of India!
Peacocks have been around a long, long time, dating to times B.C. (before Christ.)
They are mentioned in Greek mythology, too.
They live in zoos all over the world and only the males have the showy plumage.
I remember buying colorful peacock feathers as decorations when I was a teenager.
Ever since that visit to the petting zoo, I've been thinking of that beautiful peacock and how lucky my little grand baby and I were to see him in full regalia.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT PEACOCKS?
CAN YOU ADD TO OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THIS UNIQUE CREATURE?
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