Pleasant Pheasant

Pheasant Phasianus colchicus male

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I always hear these birds on my walks through the local fields or the woods, but rarely see them. On the two occasions I have seen them they have flapped out of nowhere before my eyes and have scared me half to death! Plodding through a very wet meadow chasing Cinnabar moths (a future blog), this one came screeching and flapping out of tall grass right before my eyes. He only flew a short distance before landing and vanishing. How an earth a bright red-faced bird of this size can vanish in a sea of green is beyond me. But then he bobbed his distinctive head up and IΒ  managed to get one decent shot before it took off again. Despite my best efforts and very soggy trousers I could not find him again.

June 2018, local field, Staffordshire, England. Β© Pete Hillman. Sigma 18-300mm lens.

30 thoughts on “Pleasant Pheasant

    1. Thank you, Miriam πŸ™‚ The first time he flew out the grass I had the wrong lens on my camera, but he didn’t fly far, so I did a quick lens change in the field, and then luckily spotted him bobbing his head up out of the clumps of tall grasses and wild flowers and didn’t hesitate to get the pic.

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      1. Yes, Pete. Chances like this, I’m glad you were quick to change your lens. His head is pretty. I wonderful what the body looks like!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Simone πŸ™‚ I would have liked to have got closer and more of the bird before it flapped away in a rush, but I am grateful for the one I got πŸ™‚

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  1. What a nice encounter to have, for you if not for him, and the photographic result must have been worth the wet pants from the wet meadow.

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    1. Thank you very much, Dwight πŸ™‚ I chased this one through a field but as soon as you loose sight of him he disappeared amongst the tall grasses. This was a rare and lucky shot.

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  2. The pheasant is a national bird of Japan. There a few who are my neighbours πŸ™‚ I agree, they are very stealthy (and quick) for a bird of their size! Thank you for sharing.

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