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!


  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.

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

  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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