In between shooing the peacocks out of my garden and being dismayed at their freedom to trample wherever they roam, I have to admit, secretly, I've been hoping to get a really good photo of the mature male with his tail feathers spread wide open.
A couple of days ago I spotted him on a tree stump. King of the roost. His harem foraging around below.
It's not my tree stump. My neighbor two doors away, whom I have a straight view to from my back porch, feeds the squirrels and raccoons by placing food for them on the tree stumps. Yeah... feeding squirrels and raccoons is a subject for a whole other day. He also cuts down cypress trees without permits- thus the tree stumps. GRRRR! Note to self: "Love thy neighbor".
His (the peacock- not the neighbor)gorgeous tail in its upright position eludes my lens still. Although I did give it my best effort one day last week as he displayed a full and glorious spread of his brilliant tail to the female bevy that follows him around. I was too late and he was a bit far away in another neighbor's yard.
When I glimpse these exotic birds at a distance it is hard not to vacillate between loving the sight of their beauty and graceful strides and really wishing they just lived somewhere else.
Not to wear out talk of the peacocks, but readers have been inquiring about the status of their capture.
The ad I placed for free peacocks got a lot of response but once folks realized it was necessary to trap the peacocks prior to taking them home ... alas ... the enthusiasm dwindled.
Here's the Catch (HA)
Several of us neighbors (the ones who care that they will be reproducing soon and don't want even more of them around) decided we would pool our money ($800 fee-$400 down to get started- yuck) to spring for a professional trapper. Traps - very large cages- have been placed in two of the neighbor's back yards where the birds seem to hang out the most. Not mine. Thank you , Lord.
The trapper places food outside leading up to the cage and some in the cage. He comes back daily to see if any progress has been made.
So far, and it has been 10 days since the traps were first positioned, the peacocks are really enjoying the free food on the outside of the cage. Oh, and they are still enjoying roaming free--- foraging through everyone's yards.
My Own Pro-Active Solution For somewhat of a barrier to the only opening to my vegetable garden, I've placed a 10' x 30" folding fence. The rest of it is bordered by a sturdy chain-linked fencing. This temporary and moveable deterrent is working so far (I think). I found it when shopping at Home Depot for a trellis for beans. It has given me a certain sense of comfortability level for keeping them at bay for now.
Side note: I am sitting on my back porch as I write this post. In the not too far distance I can hear the honking sounds of the peacocks. That probably means someone is chasing them out of their yard. :-) And the saga continues...
Hope everyone is taking advantage of the milder weather if you can and have fun in your garden!