I went to the Indiana swap meet this weekend, and the pickings were fairly slim for birds this year (disappointing!). It was my hope to find an opal hen for my Octavian, but alas. However, I DID find some really amazing(ly wrong) offers for sale! My favorite this year was a pair of peafowl labeled "Rare Platinum Peafowl! Female sits on eggs! $200" I had originally wandered over because I spied opal color from across the aisle through the throng of people... and what I found in the cage was a pair of spaldings. The male was an opal spalding with faint yellow on the cheeks but not much else for color change, and the female was I'm not-really-sure-what spalding. She had more yellow on her cheeks than the male, and she was very dark in color, almost black. Any guesses on what she might have been if not a regular IB spalding? Of course I inquired about the pair and she assured me that she bought them from a guy who told her that they were a very rare color called platinum. I explained to her what she had before I left. If only the opal had been a hen! I'd have made off with a spalding opal hen with no one the wiser My second favorite find? The dog cage with 6 blackshoulders (3 male 3 female) labeled "Pied peafowl". I asked the seller if he knew they were blackshoulder and he gave them a looooong look and said "They are. And I don't know why they are labeled pied." There was also the pretty blackshoulder male (who was very clearly male) labeled "Peahen $65" and the pair of IB peahens for sale labeled "Female Peacocks $100 each" Female peacock?? Oh the fun!