IMAGE OF THE MONTH
Foraging male pheasant
Although these birds are normally viewed from the roadside, this beautiful male pheasant was tentatively walking along the edge of the forest foraging for food. As it walked out from the shelter of the trees, the sun light caught it’s head as it looked up from eating. The iridescent colours were spectacular, I had never viewed these birds really close up but I was taken aback at their stunning intricate feather pattern. Once I got my shot, it carried on walking through the forest.
Pheasants eat seeds, berries, leaves and insects; they roost in trees and can form flocks in winter. During the breeding season, one male may mate with many females, who then raise the chicks alone.