Love is in the Air

A few years ago a female peacock showed up in the neighborhood. We searched for her owner, but no one came forward. Over time she became the queen of her corner of the highway. She spent most of her time on the porch of the Heating and Air place or in my neighbor Barbara’s back yard. Barbara eventually took her in and named her “Pretty” because she loved to stare at herself in the mirror.

The next spring this fellow showed up unannounced…

I'm just here to pick up chicks.

I’m just here to pick up chicks.

He was young and out on the town. Again we tried desperately to find his owner to no avail. He fell head-over-heels for Pretty and all attempts to relocate him failed. A neighbor right across the road had a problem with snakes and decided that this handsome lad might be just the ticket. Poco took him in and he thrived, but sadly Pretty did not. She was killed crossing the road to see her beloved.

A solitary man

A solitary man

Our young fella spent weeks crossing back and forth after Pretty passed. Eventually he settled into a routine and he can be seen at the Grange Hall on the swing set, at the Heating and Air, and even on Poco’s chimney. He is a wonder in flight. Poco named our mystery man Krishna. In a sea of green and brown, he is hard to miss.

Oooo - that birdie in the window is mighty handsome.

Looking for love in all the wrong places…

A couple of winter’s back we installed new french doors on the old Grange Hall that serves as a community center for the neighborhood. Immediately our lovesick boy found solace in the windows – each afternoon he could be found on the porch admiring the mystery bird inside the Grange Hall windows. I went to get closer after taking this shot and he audibly scolded me. I learned that you can’t come between a man and his own reflection.

Peacocking around - strutting my stuff.

Peacocking around – strutting my stuff.

Krishna has grown from a young buck to a glorious sight. He walks upright along the road and struts, but something has been missing in his life – love. Each spring Krishna will call out with all his heart, he will display his plumage on the swing set and from the chimney top, but to no avail – until this spring…

Hubba hubba!

Hubba hubba!

Just a couple of weeks ago I saw this little beauty on my drive home. She was strutting her stuff about a quarter-mile from the Grange Hall. There are reports around the neighborhood of the two love birds getting cozy at the Heating and Air place.

I'll stick my neck out and take a chance on love...

I’ll stick my neck out and take a chance on love…

I regularly see them on the road – most often one is searching for the other. Krishna will pace along the dirt road and look for his lady-love in the woods, and she does the same. I heard a report of her watching him on the swing set as he displayed his plumage. I’ve yet to get a shot of them together, but after all, lovebirds want their privacy.

Baby got back

Baby got back

Unlike Pretty, the new girl in town appears to be the same type of Peacock as Krishna – even though she is green, she has the same face mask. And when she walks down the street, she really shakes her stuff.

I'd walk a mile for you...

I’d walk a mile for you…

Krishna is old school – I see him making the trip to pick up his girl, across the road, around the corner, through the woods to the dirt road. He’s never looked better. He’s quit chasing after that bird in the Grange Hall windows, there is something real in his life now.

Ready for a hot date.

That long and winding road that leads to her door.

Perhaps Peachicks are in our future?

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48 thoughts on “Love is in the Air

  1. Pingback: No Bird Left Behind | the eff stop

  2. I was sent here by Kat at travel.garden.eat for this post, and I’m glad I was. Your interpretive skills are terrific, and fun to read. It’s terribly sad to read of Pretty’s fate, but I’ll at least take solace in Krishna’s new ladyfriend. Lovely photos.

    • Thanks so much Sid – The writing side of blogging is the biggest challenge to me – but I like giving my images some context. We are all so happy for Krishna!

  3. What a great story–and I’m now loving peafowl. Seems like humans could learn a lesson or two, monogamy while retaining independence…
    Beautiful photos, as always. :)

    • LOL – so true!

      Well – we advertised them in the paper and posted on online billboards for months, so I suppose they could have come from a farm or breeder, who never bothered to look for them.

    • Thank you so much – I am working on my writing, it’s hard to know if you are moving in the right direction though. Those birds are just gorgeous and people are stopping by to take their photos – local celebrities.

    • I almost adopted Krishna – but the dogs, I just don’t know how they would be with a giant bird. I love them though. I often take a detour to see if he is at the Grange Hall.

    • Thanks so much – I appreciate that, writing is something I have been working on, but it’s not my strong suit. Thanks for visiting and for the kind comment.

  4. Great photo/story combination. Bet you had fun with that. I’m not familiar with peacocks but do people really keep them as pets/ Loved the reflection of the head in the third photo.

    • Yes – they are popular in rural settings. They kill snakes and eat ticks and other insects, but they are loud and they do fly. I have always wanted some at my place, but with the terriers I’m not sure it’s a great idea. Thanks!

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