The Case of the Disappearing Pheasants

17th November 2010
As mentioned in my previous blog post, one of my aims for this winter is to finally get some decent images of Buzzards on the site. The technique for this is not too complex, and involves the use of road kill pheasants or better still rabbits. These are placed in an area where buzzards frequent. A hide is used for concealement and it's then just a case of waiting. It's often best to use a peg and some string to keep the bait in position as you don't want the bird carrying it off before you've got some shots. I have so far pegged out three pheasants, the first two tied with string to a large wooden peg hammered deep into the ground and the last with some coated gardeners type wire. On all three occasions the birds have disappeared overnight leaving at most frayed string and not a feather!

I am pretty sure Mr Fox is paying me a visit, which I don't mind, but would prefer he did it in the day time. I fear I'm going to have to get grizzily and open up the carcasses to prevent them being taken away.

Needless to say, since beginning this project all the buzzards in our area seem to have disappeared. I hope to have some images on site soon and in the meantime the woodpeckers are keeping me entertained. I have also had Coal tits and Long tailed tits visiting the feeding station but not in positions to photograph. I also disturbed three Little egrets in the beck at the weekend and would love to get some images of these. Below is an image of a chaffinch taken at my feed station. I'm not sure if they have been effected by the parasite that has culled the greenfinch population but there are definitely fewer than last year.

More updates later!


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