Shah Jahan and Mumtaz

Shah Jahan was a mogul emperor of India.  He built the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife, Mumtaz, who died in childbirth. We named our peafowl for them. They are beautiful and always together. DSCF2781Here they are wistfully looking for spring in early April.

DSCF2888Sometimes they can be seen in the catalpa tree near the garage.

DSCF2887I gave you the close-up first, so you’d know what to look for.  Recent guests spotted them at sunset high in leafless tree, silhouetted against the night sky. The next morning they were still there and I got this photo.

DSCF2925Later that day, I saw Mumtaz on a bee-box.

DSCF2910DSCF2909One never knows where they might be. Lately I’ve seen Shah Jahan open his feathers in full display, but I haven’t had my camera with me. Whenever I catch him on film, I’ll post it right here.

UPDATE:I got him!!

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Here’s Taj on the landing to the interns quarters.

DSCF2935And here’s the Shah waiting for her down below.

DSCF2937He jumps up on the barnyard gate.

DSCF2940This photo shows why his breed is called ‘brown shoulders’. They are different from the completely blue peacocks which roam India.

DSCF2944 She flew down from her perch on the landing.

DSCF2948And I caught them kissing through the fence. They stopped when they saw me.


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