We've had really rough weather over the past few days - wet and very windy. But some time during those blustery days a new visitor arrived in the garden - this beautiful cock pheasant. Farm land is very close by and wandering in and finding the seed I put out every day, he has decided this is somewhere worth visiting. We are a bit worried about his safety with so many cats around (not to mention next door's Jack Russell who is often on the loose), but hopefully the local moggies will think he's too big to tackle. You must admit he's very handsome and its no wonder pheasant feathers adorned hats in years gone by - they really are beautiful!
Whilst my Pheasant was posing for his portrait I noticed the first crocus pushing through the dead leaves still covering the borders. They are so ephemeral and delicate I always feel the need to capture their image on film - well, microchip anyway!