Looking out the back window of Whitelees Cottage last week, a big cock pheasant was seen sitting on the fence. The sun hit his plumage just so that it made the feathers almost glow. You can see how close we are to our nearest neighbour, Charlie. The pheasant had just finished crowing (or calling - whatever pheasants do) and was just settling his feathers back down. We get lots of pheasants visiting the garden.
The photo of the hills was taken later on in the day. On the left of the shot you can see the end of Charlie's barn.
There was a heron taking off from the front garden two days ago, but I didn't have a camera at hand. Herons seem so big when they're this close up, almost like a pterodactyl. I'm sure the heron was making certain that we don't have too many frogs in our pond. There are a few heron nests in some tall pines up near the duck ponds where we walk Polly. The nests are well back from the paths and can't be seen from where we walk. I'm going to go look to see where they are later on in the year after the young herons have flown the nest. I don't want to disturb them just now.