We were at the zoo a while ago, checking out the new botanical and butterfly gardens. At the zoo, the peacocks are not penned in any way, and have free range of the park. They are quite tame, and quite large.
I was perched on a bench eating a hot dog. You know the kind of hot dog you get at these places - the ratio of bun to weiner is way skewed. Usually I pull off the excess bread and throw it out. But a young girl was trying to take a photo of this magnificent peacock who was strutting around like he owned the place (which he does). I suggested to her that I try to lure the peacock nearer with a piece of bun (one without relish and mustard on it). The bird darted forward and snatched that morsel so quickly that she wasn't able to get a shot. No problem, there's lots of extras bun bits. So I threw another, and the peacock obliged nicely, coming forward more slowly. I threw another piece. The girl clicked madly, exclaiming in delight. But... now the peacock has figured out the source of the bits and has the entire hot dog in his sights. He advanced confidently forward and showed no signs of stopping. He and I were beak to nose before I finally decided I should stand up and move before he grabbed the whole bun right out of my hand. He followed me! I shoved the last bit of hot dog in my mouth and threw the last of the bun his way, as I moved in the opposite direction. He still followed me, until I threw up my empty hands in surrender. The young girl photographed the whole episode, and as I left, I heard her excitedly telling her mom about it. Glad I could help out a budding photographer.