Tag Archives: Game Birds

Hey! Look at the pretty face.

Yesterday I was accosted by a Red Legged Partridge. Show us your legs….

Red Legged Partridge Red Legged PartridgeHe wanted to do a photo shoot…

Red Legged PartridgeI said, “But I have already done the Red Legged Partridge.” and he said, “You didn’t get my best side.”

Red Legged PartridgeHe did have a good point, not all birds have such a pretty face.

Red Legged PartridgeSo I agreed to take some snaps of him. I hope you like them.

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged PartridgeHey’ look at the pretty face.

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged Partridge

The Beautiful Game (Part Two)

This is a Red Legged Partridge.

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged PartridgeFizz and I were out hunting for wild flowers. We had all of our camouflage gear on so that we could creep up on them unnoticed and so of course this bird didn’t see us until it was too late.

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged PartridgeWe may have set out to hunt wild flowers but a hunt is a hunt and I will shoot anything when I am in that kind of a mood. I expect that you would have done the same.

Anyway this was a particularly stroppy bird. When he did see us he wasn’t going to give way. He strutted up and down on the top of his hedge cackling and crowing at us, puffing out his chest.

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged Partridge

Red Legged PartridgeEventually Fizz and I let him have the day. We were not scared, just sensible. He was a big Red Legged Partridge.

The Beautiful Game (part one)

Subtitle: Regional colour variation in species Phasianus colchicus, the Common Pheasant.

Well, the first time I saw this bird I thought it was a Badger.

Common Pheasant

I know that it doesn’t look an awful lot like a Badger now and I am supposed to be a bit of an expert on Badgers. (Badgers have four legs)

The first time I saw it I was walking down a narrow and overgrown country lane toward a Badger main sett. Fizz was with me and way ahead of us I could see an animal running along the track dodging through the undergrowth. I thought that it was moving like a bird but all that I could really see was it’s silver back and the only thing that I could think of that size and colour was a Badger.

I know better now.. (Badgers can’t fly)

Phasianus colchicusI have seen it three times now. After photographing it in this field I saw it again on the Badger track in exactly the same circumstances and this time I had no trouble identifying it as a bird. (My expertise grows)

Phasianus colchicusI always think of Pheasants as brown birds and so I had to ask the question why is mine this colour. What I found out was that there is a lot of colour variation in pheasants and this one isn’t particularly unusual. Also colour variation tends to be regional and that means we might have quite a few silver backs around here.

Common Pheasant

Common Pheasant

Common PheasantSo it might not be the same bird that I keep meeting.

Common PheasantI have done some research myself into this question of regional colour variation.

I looked out of my bedroom window.

Common PheasantI am not sure. They don’t look particularly silver to me. One of them is a bit silver. I will have to find some more.