I recently went to a function at the University of Western Australia. This is one of the resident peacocks inhabiting the courtyard of the Arts Department. There were a number of peacocks of the usual green and blue variety but none would let me get near them to take a photo, nor would they display their magnificent tail feathers. But this white one was quite placid and let me get very close.
So why are they there?
"In 1975 the landscape architect on campus was a woman called Jean Vershuer and she decided that it might look good if there were peacocks grazing on the lawn in front of Winthrop Hall, not factoring in, I guess, the behaviour of peacocks and the fact that they do like a little more shelter than was afforded over there. Two hens and one male trotted off over here to the Arts building and decided they liked it here and the dean, sort of, canvassed opinions within the faculty and decided they should stay."