Pretty Peacocks of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve in Austin Texas

Exotic peacocks can be seen wandering about the grounds of central Austin Texas. The peafowl living at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve are descendants of the original pair of peafowl given as a Christmas gift to the Mayfield’s in 1935.

In the springtime visitors to Mayfield Park are often greeted by the peacocks fanning their tail feathers and strutting their stuff in order to attract the females.

Peacocks fan their tails in springtime - Mayfield Park Austin TX

Peacocks fan their tails in springtime to attract the peahens

The female peafowls are less flamboyant than the males. Both peacocks and peahens can fly short distances and are often seen resting in the trees or on top of the cottage at Mayfield Park.

Peacocks resting in the trees at Mayfield Park in Austin Texas

Peacocks resting in the trees at Mayfield Park

Peacock under the arch on the grounds of Mayfield Park in Austin TX

Peacock at the arch on the grounds of Mayfield Park

The garden area is often rented out for weddings and other social events with the peacocks making for terrific photo opportunities.

Peacock in the gardens of Mayfield Park in Austin TX

Peacock in the gardens of Mayfield Park

Peacock in the gardens of Mayfield Park in Austin TX

Peacock strolling through the gardens of Mayfield Park

The peacocks wander all around the entire grounds of Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve. During mating season the peacocks can be heard from blocks away when they let out a loud hoot to attract the females. Apparently many of the calls are ‘fake sex sounds’ according to a recent article by BBC Nature News.

Peacock calling to attract the females at Mayfield Park in Austin TX

Peacock calling to attract the females

The peacocks lose their tail feather in the summer months but we get to enjoy the gorgeous plumage during the springtime.

Exotic and beautiful peacock plumage attracts the females

Exotic and beautiful peacock plumage

 

Peacock tail feather plumage Mayfield Park in Austin TX

Peacock plumage looking much like a gorgeous gown

The peacocks are very tame since they were hatched and raised at Mayfield Park and are used to people wandering around.

Gorgeous blue plumage of the peacocks at Mayfield Park in Austin TX

Gorgeous blue plumage of the peacock

Peacock at the arch in Mayfield Park in Austin TX

Peacock at the arch in Mayfield Park

A journey through the alphabet with ABC Wednesday Project where people from around the world create a weekly post – visiting the letter P this week.


Practical Information:

Address: 3801 W 35th St, Austin, TX
Phone Number: +1-(512)-974-6700
Hours: daily 5AM – 10PM
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): FREE
How to Get There: Bus #21 from downtown Austin


About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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  1. Leslie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! We have peacocks at Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, and I love watching them strut around.

    Leslie
    abcw team

  2. Roger Green says:

    I remember taking exactly one decent picture of a peacock; it looked like a postcard.

    ROG, ABCW

  3. lisa says:

    They are truly magnificent birds. And so regal! Your shots are stunning.

  4. Jane says:

    I follow the peacok round our local wildlife park, and patiently wait for a full display, and as yet nothing. Love the full wingspan and close ups

    • Susan Moore says:

      I have been real lucky – almost every time I have visited the park this spring the peacocks have put on a display. They put on quite a show but the females have all been rather disinterested from what I’ve seen.

  5. Indrani says:

    Fantastic captures from all angles. :)
    Very pleasing.

  6. Photo Cache says:

    Peacocks are so exquisite.

  7. Reader Wil says:

    Excellent and colourful choice for P. I love peacocks, especially these shades of blue. Although a white peacock is also very beautiful. Your photos are great!
    Wil, ABCW Team

  8. SamuraiFrog says:

    There are peacocks walking around in the zoo I’ve been frequenting since I was a kid. I remember when I was five being right near one when it made that hooting sound and just freaking out. That was a real surprise!

  9. Mama Zen says:

    These are just stunning!

  10. Perfect images of the Peacocks, they do make a most awful sound when calling their mates. I don’t know if they stay true to the one partner, in the way swans do.
    Whenever I see a sole swan I always, anxiously, look around for its partner.
    Di.

    • Susan Moore says:

      I had to look it up but I found out peafowl do not mate for life. I visited the park again last night and one of the females was making the loud ‘hoot’ sound – I thought only the males made the call. They do get everyone’s attention when they call.

  11. Cris says:

    Wow! Peacocks are really amazing!

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