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Pheasant in hiding

I think this chap thought he was well camouflaged in the meadow! -



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Re: Pheasant in hiding

Looks like he belongs in the Outback, Anne. He would merge quite well with aboriginal artefacts ... an extraordinary creature.
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Re: Pheasant in hiding

Magnificent birds but they only have one thing on their minds at this time of year and that overrides their instinct for safety. I recently had one land in front of me on a busy dual carriageway and I hit it at 70 mph. There was nothing I could do but I felt really awful.
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Re: Pheasant in hiding

Come out come out where ever you are - and he did.

Meadow scene to complement the colours of the bird.

Pleased you got it after rummaging around.

I would have been pleased with that.

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Looks like he belongs in the Outback, Anne. He would merge quite well with aboriginal artefacts ... an extraordinary creature.
You're right there, Mark - when we were visiting my cousins in SA, they gave us an aboriginal pic which is hanging on a bedroom wall - I have just taken a look and the design of the back feathers of the pheasant is very similar!

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Magnificent birds but they only have one thing on their minds at this time of year and that overrides their instinct for safety. I recently had one land in front of me on a busy dual carriageway and I hit it at 70 mph. There was nothing I could do but I felt really awful.
Yes, John - even driving on country roads is hazardous in these parts as we are very near a deer forest. The deer randomly jump into the road and are hidden by trees so there is no warning. In this case, of course, as well as injury to the deer, there can be injuries to the car occupants. There are also many squashed rabbits, squirrels, foxes and badgers - often on the faster dual carriageways and, as you say, there is nothing you can do.

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Come out come out where ever you are - and he did.

Meadow scene to complement the colours of the bird.

Pleased you got it after rummaging around.

I would have been pleased with that.

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Thanks Barrie - sorry, as the driver, you did not manage to get parked and out of the car in time to get your shot!

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Yes, John - even driving on country roads is hazardous in these parts as we are very near a deer forest. The deer randomly jump into the road and are hidden by trees so there is no warning. In this case, of course, as well as injury to the deer, there can be injuries to the car occupants. There are also many squashed rabbits, squirrels, foxes and badgers - often on the faster dual carriageways and, as you say, there is nothing you can do.

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Yes, we get a lot of muntjac and pheasant demonstrating death wishes around here.

Some years ago a friend, who held the local Lotus dealership, lent me a Europa S to try out for a weekend.

All went brilliantly until I was driving it back down twisty country roads in gathering Sunday evening dusk. I spotted a pheasant by the left side of the road and slowed and pulled right to give it more room. The bird shot across the road in front of me and reached the safety of the right verge... then just at the last second it shot back across and got ingested by the front air intake.

B*****.

I’d have needed the reactions of Lewis Hamilton to avoid it.

Fortunately it missed all the paintwork and the (surprisingly not too pricey) wire front grille was the only casualty. It was covered under their commercial insurance, of course, and Nigel wouldn’t take any cash, but I got him enough bottles of Chateau Elise to cover the loss anyway, which he did appreciate

The moral is I suppose that some wildlife is entirely untrustworthy and real care is needed.
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