Monday, March 11, 2013

Peacock under the Microscope

Peafowl are three species of flying birds in the genus Pavo from the pheasant family. These birds are best known for the male's colorful eye-spotted tail, which it displays while courting the female.

Photo: Jebulon
The male is called a peacock. The female a peahen (usually grey or brown), and offspring are peachicks.

All images captured at 100x magnification under the HSZ6-TBL stereo microscope using the DCM2.1 microscope camera. Magnification was increased using a slightly higher magnifying c-mount camera adapter.