When I was in Australia, my friend Tim decided to take me to the zoo to give me a comprehensive education on native Australian animals.
Now I'm fairly certain that peafowl are not native to Australia, so frankly, I have no idea what they were doing in that zoo.
Nevertheless, they were quite entertaining to observe.
For one, the male is really very attractive and majestic.
And the female? She's disturbingly ugly and haughty to boot.
This one in particular looked at Tim rather disdainfully as he snapped pictures of her, while the male had posed for the camera quite obligingly.
And then, without a word, she stalked off without so much as a goodbye, leaving the hopeful male surprised at her sudden departure.
"Where did she go, mate?" Tim asked the woe-begone peacock. "She's left you, has she?"
Both Tim and I tried to spot the peahen, but she obviously had some privacy issues to defend. Not a trace of her.
The peacock was obviously not going to get lucky. Not today, anyway. "Better luck next time, mate."