(1) Female Pheasant
2) Male Pheasant
(3) Male Pheasant Right Colour
No Hiding Place
In the past I have written about birds that are pure albino, (all white with pink eyes) or only partially white, with one being an Oystercatcher on the shores near Kerrycroy which was all white, but it took off before I could get a photo of it. This was not my fault, as I had come across it on my return from Kilchattan Bay, but had not got the right camera with me to zoom into it, so I headed for home and uplifted it. Back to the spot where it was and found that a friend of mine was in his lorry looking at it. I got my gutter mount fitted to the window of my car and fitted the camera to it to get a good steady image.
Now the tide was a bit higher so the bird was close to where I was and also to the friend in his lorry, and just as I was about to press the button, it took off, so I only got one as it flew away. It turns out that the friend (tongue in cheek) had come out of his lorry to ask me if I had got any good shots of it? Well I told him what I am now telling you, and he shot off at high speed, really embarrassed. I will not identify him as it was a long time ago.
Well I have never seen another Oystercatcher the same as that one, only a few that had more white that normal .
Later in that year I saw a pure white Sparrow at Kingarth Hotel, and manage to get a fuzzy image of it as I did not stop for very long , with diving into the nearest hedge, but it was good enough to use for an article. Years passed and there more at that area , but last year I did not see any.
At the same time I got info about an Albino Robin in the Grounds of Mountstuart, but it was never to be seen again. There is no hiding place for them that are white, as the Sparrow Hawk will confirm.
Now to today’s image.
This is a female Pheasant which was in a field beside Eastlands Road, and Joe Ray phoned me about it on 28th of August 2013, so I headed up to that field , and waited and waited with Joe keeping a good eye from the elevated position window of his house , while I was engulfed in a Hawthorn Hedge. I waited ,and at one point a police car passed, but did not stop. They probably thought that only one person on Bute would be curled up inside a hedge. Norrie the Bird Man looking for to get pictures.
Well Joe spied it moving alongside the high grass soon and informed me, so I got ready to catch sight of it, and If you wait long enough you will succeed, and I did ,so Joe and I were fair chuffed about the day’s events
This Bird was feeding at Eastlands and Crichton roads and hiding in the Skippers Woods, so I hope it finds a partner for this year. There was a male at Dunagoil, which was partially white, but that is too far away.
First Published in the Buteman 25-04-2014.
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