Saturday, 21 April 2007

Pheasant heaven

Jeziorki is noted for its pheasants. Indeed, pheasants descended from those kept by the King of Poland range wide across southern Warsaw. They breed in spring and early summer; the characteristic trumpety mating call of the males is often heard at this time of year.

Walking around Jeziorki, one can sometimes startle pheasants in the long grass, which then fly up with a great bustle of flapping wings and with much squawking. They do not fly far - just far enough to get out of your way.

Foxes can be seen stalking pheasants in the scrub and long grass, otherwise the birds have no predators and lived undisturbed.

This magnificent male pheasant was photographed from my bedroom window.

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