07 January 2012
When the Peacocks dance/ මොනරු නටන හැන්දෑවේ
So there we were, around 6 o clock in the evening, the dusk was about us , forwarning of the moon’s reign about to fall upon us. We were on our way back from Buduruwagala , an ancient temple complex located about 4 km’s from Thanamalwila road , where a large Buddha statue and 6 other statues which are believed to be of the Bodisatvas and his consorts are carved on to a rock. We passed the water logged vegetation along the bumpy narrow road. On the side a waterhen and her 3 chicks dashed in to the trees.
We were approaching the clearing where the gravel road ran through the gentle green paddy fields . The rainy season has treated them well. Then we saw it .
A Peacock in full spread, performing his mating tango among the lush green of the paddy field . There were more . There were 4 , 5 male Peafowls scattered around the field taking their turn in doing their solo’s.
The grey sky , the emerald fields and the blue –green hues of the birds painted such a lovely sight.
Undoubtedly this was one of the most stunning sights I have ever seen. Our eyes have had done good karma to see such things.