Sad ... stilled life with fallen leaves
This is a hen pheasant I found dead on the verge. These birds are
mostly bred and raised in captivity and released into the wild in the
autumn. They are then shot by hunters for... umm... sport. A few do
escape and breed in the wild. I had several in my garden through the
summer and I have seen hens with up to 12 chicks in tow.
It is currently hunting season. I am not sure whether this bird was damaged by hunters, by local foxes or a passing car.