We've seen quite a few peacocks in zoos and nature parks over the years -- but never looked as closely as we did at the one we saw last month. For the first time, I realized that his tail feathers look more like an exotic plant than part of a bird! Mysterious nature.
There were no hens in sight, so this peacock felt no need to display his magnificant tail. He just dragged it behind him everywhere he went. Not that he had much choice.
And we didn't have much choice but to look at this guy because everywhere we went at Gatorama, he was right there beside us.
So when we downloaded our pictures, there was this proud peacock in between every set of alligator photos. (Click here to link to the Gatorama post with all those not-so-pretty critters.)
That tail looked heavy and uncomfortable in the Florida heat.
But it didn't seem to bother him at all.
Of course he doesn't know any different. And he has such a tiny head for such a big bird -- I don't think there's room in it for many thoughts about anything.