Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

Los Angeles Arboretum — Gone to the birds

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When Jim went to bed Saturday night (he goes to bed much earlier than me), he told me we were going to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena for our 19th anniversary.

When Jim got up Sunday morning (he gets up much later than me), he told me we were going to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia (next to Pasadena) for our 19th anniversary.

I guess he had a dream…………..

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (herafter, LACA) comprises 127 acres whereas our San Diego Botanic Garden is 37 acres. Of course, we have the San Diego Zoo, also an internationally recognized Botanic Garden, at 100 acres, so there…………..

LACA had a huge Australia garden, probably covering half of the arboretum. That’s about 60 acres. Much of our Southern California climate is very similar to Australia, and Australian native vegetation does exceedingly well here. Walk through Balboa Park here, though, at 1,200 acres, and you’ll see everything in LACA’s Australia garden.

One thing that LACA had that San Diego Botanic Garden does not have is birds. Particularly Peafowl and Canada Geese. More than you can shake a stick at, and if you were to shake a stick at them, some might take the stick out of your hands!

I think if I were around Peafowl  (remember that male Peafowl are Peacocks and female Peafowl are Peahens) more often, they could easily become my favorite bird. They are so much fun to watch.

Following are 15 pictures and 5 flash videos of the Peafowl at LACA. Be sure to watch the last video if you don’t do anything else here today; he’s a little tease! The 15 pictures are of 15 different birds.

Lastly, I would like to dedicate this post to my blogging friend Julie, her husband Anthony, and their son Ming (jmgoyder) in Australia. They are the only ones I know who might have more Peafowl than the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Baby Peafowl at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock (male Peafowl) walking the grounds

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Mom and baby Peafowl

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Peacock jumping from tree to fence

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Peahen giving herself a dirt bath

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Peacock showing off

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32 thoughts on “Los Angeles Arboretum — Gone to the birds

  1. E A M Harris

    Lovely pics and films. Whenever I go somewhere new I always try and visit a botanic or other local garden. If ever I visit Arcadia I shall certainly visit this one.

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  2. SmallHouseBigGarden

    You got some crazy good footage and pics!
    Aren’t peacocks so amazing to watch?! We recently spent a day at the Palm Beach Zoo watching them strut their stuff was one of the highlights of the trip!

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  3. peacelovegreatcountrymusic

    Your videos are so much fun, I enjoy watching more than once. When you have time, I wish you would come camp out at my page just for a minute and give me your opinion about my needing a new camera. I’m a little overwhelmed about which to get and I posted about it last night. Clearly, you have a great handle on what might be best for my needs. I always appreciate your thoughts.

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  4. randomrose

    How strange and wonderful life is. Here I am in Oz. Chilly morning, hot coffee in hand, starting my day with your peacocks from way over there. The smile on my face will last the day…thank you for bringing my bushland to my suburban door with superb pics and videos.

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  5. Randolph Andrews

    The arboretum itself began in 1947 with California and Los Angeles jointly purchasing 111 acres (44.9 ha) to create an arboretum around the Baldwin site. By 1949, the first greenhouse had been constructed and the site’s plants inventoried. In 1951, the first 1,000 trees were planted, and in 1956 the arboretum was opened to the public. Ongoing construction of gardens and greenhouses took place during the 1950s and 1960s, and in 1975-1976 the Tropical Greenhouse was opened and the Prehistoric and Jungle Garden completed. Construction and renovation of both greenhouses and gardens has continued to this day.

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