One project I've wanted to work on for some time is 'local' photography. I'm planning a photo-documentary of the Gold Coast and while at a birthday BBQ at Macintosh Island Park (just north of Surfers Paradise) recently, I observed a pride of resident peacocks. Imagine my surprise at finding these magnificent creatures after living here for more than 17 years. And I didn't have a camera with me!

I decided I needed to come back and find these beautiful birds to see what I could capture - and capture I did! I got low, I got close and I got dirty - but I got some phenomenal shots! 

I had no idea where I was going to find them, if at all, and was taken by surprise when I stumbled upon the pride, only to then be confronted with one male with his tail fanned out in full display! I realised very quickly I had the wrong lens on the camera, but knew I had no choice but to keep snapping away, moving slowly closer and closer, as I had no idea how long the display would last. And he kept moving around. I think I ended up with maybe 6 shots straight on. Lucky I got these, there were no more displays the whole time I was there (which was about an hour).

 Showing off!

Showing off!

 A magnificent male

A magnificent male

Lucky for me these birds are comfortable with humans otherwise I doubt I would have been able to get half the photos I did. At times I was less than a metre from them.

I observed a number of males dipping their heads to the females, but have been unable to find any information about this - I can only assume it's part of their mating ritual (mating season is about to start). This female is initially uninterested in his attentions, but then seems to relent. It was sweet.

 Resting male

Resting male

 Their plumage is amazing, the colours so vibrant

Their plumage is amazing, the colours so vibrant

I intend getting back there early one morning to hopefully capture them walking around. It was the middle of the day when I got these shots, and it had become quite warm in the sun. The males spent most of their time under a shady tree.

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