Monday, 21 March 2011

Fauna

Philip the Lady Amherst Pheasant  (Chrysolophus amherstiae) displaying.

Philip and Blondie (Yellow Golden Pheasant, Chrysolophus pictus luteus) sizing each other up.

Goldie (Golden Pheasant, Chrysolophus pictus)
Spring hormones were flowing in our pheasants this morning, with a bit of a scrap going on between our Lady Amherst and Yellow Golden cocks (a.k.a. Philip  - the pheasant - we inherited the name, and Blondie, for obvious reasons when compared with Goldie). The displaying was fascinating, with their fabulous plumage shown off to its full effect.

Coming home through the lanes this afternoon I saw this impressive herd of 33 Fallow Deer (Dama dama) in one of the Colesbourne fields. Dark animals are common in the local population, with some approaching back. These were mostly females, with a couple of yearling males amongst them.

Fallow Deer in a field at Colesbourne this afternoon -
not in the garden, fortunately...

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