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Wednesday, 24th October 2001, West Yorkshire

cock pheasantcock pheasantTODAY'S new arrival at the bird table - the foot of the bird table at least - is a cock Pheasant in impressive plumage.

A half moon is rising. Blackbirds are 'pinking' in a petulant alarmed fashion as they prepare to roost amongst back garden shrubs.

We're just about to finish a long day with a meal at the local fish and chip restaurant when I slam the car door on one of my fingers. Instead of eating haddock I end up watching caplin, flounder and turtles on a 'Blue Planet' film about life between the tides showing on the television in the casualty department waiting room. next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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