Saturday, 24 February 2018

A brace of pheasants



A handsome cock pheasant and his rather more subdued mate, two of many wandering the Fountains Abbey grounds. In one part of the estate there is a small bird hide and a feeding station. There were numerous birds flitting in and out for refreshment there; I saw blackbirds, robins, chaffinches, a variety of tits, several jackdaws and a magnificent Great spotted woodpecker, which I was just about to photograph when a rather exuberant small child rushed in to the hide, causing all the birds to flee!

6 comments:

  1. I could never understand how some people obviously derive pleasure from shooting animals and birds. Aged 16 at Stow-on-the-Wold I had a terrific row with a horsey, fox hunting woman. She informed me I did not know what I was talking about. The record of our people in Empire India in particular is ghastly. Happily the world is now coming around to my way of thinking.

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  2. He is so handsome and she has nice camouflage!

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  3. It is remarkable to see the difference in male and female pheasants. I guess I only have male pheasants in my memory bank.

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