|Chinese Golden Pheasant, Tresco Isle|
Wildlife has been elusive this trip – a few whales and dolphins at sea, and some seabirds on offshore rocks. But on the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornish coast, I had an encounter with a surprising bird – a Chinese Golden Pheasant. Not native to the UK, this gaudy bird roams free on these islands, presumably to brighten up the landscape. (or maybe for hunting…)
Either way, I spent about an hour trying to get a shot of the pheasant, with its almost impossible array of colors – and eventually got this one, a moment of bizarre behavior that shows off the birds extravagant plumage. What’s he doing? No idea – maybe reaching up to have a scratch. But it was the best shot of the day.
On to Scotland tomorrow.
Nikon D3, 70-200mm lens