Male Lady Amherts's Pheasant.
I hadn't seen Lady Ameherst's Pheasant since the late eighties in North Wales and more or less thought i would never see one again til news last year broke of the sole surviving bird at Lidlington became public knowledge , i went several times without success , only hearing the bird on every occasion.
Fantastic long tail.
So this year when news that the Lady A had survived another winter i once again tried my luck on Monday the 18th April for another attempt at seeing this elusive bird , same result as last year sadly , just heard it calling , ok this is becoming a real challenge !!!!
Strutting it's stuff.
I once again tried one final time and went on Wednesday 20th April .
I arrived at 7.30am and instantly heard it calling as i walked through the cemetery , it was seen the day before from the lower ride and not entirely sure exactly where this was i deducted it must of been from the more open area before the main woodland.
Anyhow i waited here in the hope of being successful and was joined by other birders who came & went as the morning went on until finally there were 5 of us waiting patiently and then the shout went up at 10.15am " There it is " , fantastic the male Lady Amherst's Pheasant was standing in all it's glory in the middle of the path and my patience and perseverance eventually had paid off .
Lady Amherst's Pheasant.
I also saw Red Kite , Common Buzzard , Kestrel & Sparrowhawk from this view point plus i heard and saw plenty of warblers such as Common & Lesser Whitethroat , Willow Warbler , Chiffchaff & Blackcap.