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Finding a White Peacock

May 24, 2017

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We never thought of finding a rare white peacock in Scotland but this beautiful bird graces the grounds of Scone Palace near Perth.

We visited the Palace to see the replica of the ‘stone of destiny’ which was used for enthroning Scottish monarchs at Scone until it was removed to Westminster Abbey by Edward 1 in 1296.

The original stone was returned to Scotland in 1996 by our current Queen Elizabeth and is on display in Edinburgh Castle, albeit on loan until required for the coronation of the next British monarch.

Kings, Queens and nobles have kept peacocks in their gardens for centuries, both as guards and as living ornaments, and Scone Palace is also home to Indian blue peacocks who cry out and strut their plumage for the visitors.

We preferred the white peacock as it danced like a ballerina while dazzling people with a display of pristine feathers.

It also reminded me of a white peahen which landed in our backyard when I was a child. One of its legs was dangling by a thread and ended in a ball of ice where its foot should have been.

After a few days of feeding and coaxing, dad cut the tendon so that it might be free of its ‘ball and chain’. It survived and flew off some time later to become a distant memory.

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