Reba Jinbo and Uma now have five peachicks in addition to the fifteen or so wild adult peafowl that have adopted them. This plus a flock of wild turkeys and their young and many other wild and not so wild creatures make visiting their delightful home a very interesting experience. The animals know that they will be well fed and loved at this location. How many peafowl can you count in the above photo? Although the peacocks have brightly colored feathers, they can make themselves quite invisible. There were 7 in this location when the photo was taken including the baby peachick on the bottom left.
Reba is a senior rinpoche at the temple and currently responsible for the construction of the main altar that will hold the three Buddhas. Click for more photos: 2016, 2017.
This male peacock uses the patio and then the roof as launching platforms to fly to his home in a nearby pine tree.
Then he ever so graciously and carefully maneuvers up the tree to his favorite roosting place where he will spend the night. The other peafowl can be found roosting in another tree on the other side of Reba and Uma’s home.
These three baby peachicks were abandoned by their mother who keeps another sibling with her. Perhaps it is too difficult to protect so many in the wild.
Amazingly, the peachicks like to be held and snuggle.
Spot, one of Sylvia’s kittens from the Temple, is very interested in the peachicks, and vice sersa.