I Was Here First

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D3100
ISO 1600
State/Province/Region
California
Nearest Area
Southern Los Angeles County
Town
Rancho Palos Verdes
Description

In the 1920’s, real estate magnate, Elias Baldwin, introduced several live peafowl to his 8,000 acre estate on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Since then they have multiplied and spread throughout the Palos Verdes hills, and now form at least three established colonies on this southern Los Angeles peninsula.

Peafowl learned that it was safer to take up residence among human habitations since coyotes mostly avoid these areas. Now, the males, (peacocks), usually stake out their seduction displays territories in the driveways of the private residences. Their loud, shrieking, calls can be heard for half-a-mile. They fan out their beautiful display feathers to compete for the attentions of the females, (peahens.)

The birds are often seen strolling around the neighborhood like teenagers in a mall, looking for places to stake out as their courting grounds, and sometimes fighting over prime locations with competing peacocks.

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Date Added
June 29, 2018
Date Taken
March 20, 2015
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