Saturday, 1 December 2012

I'm Not A Pheasant Plucker - (Part I)

Knowing well the controversy that surrounds hunting of all kinds, it would only be fair to issue an 'advisory notice' for those who do not care for the pursuit to log-off now!
 A cold and frosty morning there's not a lot to say about the things caught in my mind!
Don't Go Away - Oasis
This was the scene at Parley Court early this morning where rain and mild conditions were dramatically replaced by a heavy frost and almost continuous bright sunshine. The lower image shows, once again, the 5th fairway on the Golf Course which magically cleared of flood water overnight.
While I fight no corner for of against the Pheasant Shoot I have to say that my invitation to
was one of the best days of my year where I met a large number of lovely people
while learning so much more about our countryside and its management.
There is just something about farmyards that fascinate me, so I wasn't slow to both meet the company
and to poke my nose into the barns, outhouses, stables etc
where I found the farm cat taking 40 winks.
Soon it was time for 'Shoot Captain' Hugh Mullens to brief both 'guns' and 'beaters' (and the 2 observers including myself) of the strict rules, regulation and ethic of the day.
 All take up station for the first beat

while the first bird escapes unharmed despite 'point blank' range. This shoot was restricted to Pheasant, but as a result of the beaters c5 Common Snipe and singles of Woodcock and Grey Partridge were also seen.
Needless to say, not all birds were so lucky, giving my friend Hugh's dog Shoofty a chance to show her skills.
After the first beat there was time for conflab while the
collectors (Alexandra and her Springer Hebe),
and ON-LOOKERs chance to relocate.
BROWN HAREs were also in evidence, but numbers are not known, along with lots of Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird and each location Nuthatches which went berserk vocally when firing started.
After a full morning walking the estate a hot Bovril drink was served with sausages, with the beverage hitting the spot perfectly.
End of another month and the Stats remain fairly healthy. Only one new country was added to the list, Swaziland, but given the total has now reach 175 that may not be too surprising. UK continue apace towards the magical 100,000 mark as both Croatia and Slovakia broach the 3 figures, leaving Austria teetering on 99.
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drill down810.07%Costa RicaCosta Rica
drill down720.06%Anonymous ProxyAnonymous Proxy
drill down720.06%El SalvadorEl Salvador
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drill down660.05%EgyptEgypt
drill down630.05%LithuaniaLithuania
drill down590.05%BangladeshBangladesh
drill down570.05%MadagascarMadagascar
drill down570.05%QatarQatar
drill down560.05%EcuadorEcuador
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drill down270.02%Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
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drill down90.01%Virgin Island, U.s.Virgin Island, U.s.
drill down90.01%Tanzania, United Republic OfTanzania, United Republic Of
drill down90.01%Bosnia And HerzegovinaBosnia And Herzegovina
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  1. Hi Paul, my view on Game shooting is,
    We didn't have game birds prior to shooting, a lot escape and we are now blessed with many wild birds of various species because of this.
    A consequence of game shoot management is that many country areas are created and improved for this and in turn provide and excellent habitat for all the rest of nature, including wild birds of all species.
    I think generally, nature is the winner for this.

  2. Sensible view Roy, but like everywhere else humans touch there are those who cannot stick to the law. Maybe we should have 'open season' on them. Don't know anyone who wouldn't accept an oven ready Pheasant if offered.
    Yours aye

  3. HELLO......:) A GOOD DAY TO YOU MR.BAGSY...:)

  4. HOW ARE YOU......MR.BAGSY...:) i hope that you are always fine....and healthy...did you remember me sir? this is mark the one you saw in victoria court bus station.....:) i am very happy to see your site......because ive learned a lot from this site...different kinds of birds...different was so very interesting......and i feels like i travel different countries that you veen visited when im looking your pictures.....(WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD) i say it to my self.....ahhh....and its seems all of my stress by working is going to faded away while im reading your very educational blogs...:)hmm...can i ask you sir? is it ok if i call you,my ''IDOL'' because i wanna be a man like you someday.....i am so inspired.....because of you sir....even if i have so many problems now....and almost give up....but when i read and see your blogs....i think diferent now because im wondering now and wishing or lets say dreaming now to be like you....that someday i can travel in many diferent country....i can see diferent animals,places,beautiful natures....the ''GODS'' work of art.......hmm...HOW LOVELY!! i was so inspired....because of you sir...:) hope we can see again each other one of this day sir....:) it was my pleasure......always take good care sir...ill be waiting for your responce MR.BAGSY....MY ''IDOL'' :)

  5. Dear Mark
    I remember you well Sir as I have great affection with the Philippines. I am hoping you are still working on the Voyager so I can meet you again next week. Please let me know, and Thank You for you kind words.
    Yours aye