Pheasant. Warren Baker
I was pleased to see the good news that the BASC have called for restraint on the shooting of wildfowl, geese, and waders during this severe cold weather we are suffering at the moment, though in 5 days time it will become illegal to shoot at all. I'd like to point out that as a birder with a moral responsibility towards the welfare of all wildlife I shall report any shooting activities I witness - as you can too using a contact form on the BASC Website - until this weather improves and the subsequent ban is lifted. I'm not sure the poor Pheasant will be protected by all this. I'm damned if I know off hand what a 'pure' Pheasant should look like but thanks to Warren for the excellent 'mug shot' of the bird above.
As expected I got no birding done today but I live in hope for tomorrow. Meanwhile another opportunity to look at a couple more excellent photographs like....
Black Redstart. Phil Slade
This one from Phil taken on his recent trip to places exotic. And this one....
Crimson-mantled Woodpecker. Colin Bushell.
Of the Crimson-mantled Woodpecker taken by Colin on his recent trip to places exotic. Unlike the Black Redstart Phil photographed which you can find in this country, I wouldn't be inclined to hold your breath until you see this 'woodpecker' here in the UK.
I'D SOONER BE BIRDING!