Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Little Story Of A Normal Sized Pheasant

I'm gonna tell you a story, about a bird I know. He was a ring-necked boy, standing in the road.

Okay, I stole those lines from an Alice Cooper song called Disgraceland. The words aren't exactly the same, but they're close enough. Of course, his song wasn't about a pheasant. My little story is though. At least some of it is.

I've seen pheasants around here kind of infrequently up until this year. I've been seeing lots of them since the weather warmed up this spring. The one in these pictures gave me a golden opportunity to get a few pictures.

It was standing there in the middle of the road when I came driving along. I had to stop a ways back so it wouldn't fly away or I wouldn't run it over. Luckily I have a good zoom on my camera. It was good enough anyway.

No animal just sits there waiting to get its picture taken. Just like humans, they don't really like it when they see a camera pointing at them. Eventually, they get nervous and decide to make a break for it.

And that's just what this pheasant did.

The middle of the road is a fine place to just stand there and contemplate the world when there isn't either a truck or a camera coming for you. But when one of those two things appear, or both, you just have to move on to a more safe and invisible area.

I don't blame him a bit. I would have probably done the same thing.

And right after this last picture, the pheasant was gone as if he had never been there. I searched for him up close and never was able to see him again. That's a good talent. I've tried it myself. And while I'm also pretty good at hiding, maybe I'm not quite as good as this bird.

So now we come to the end of my little tale. It was fun for me, and I hope you liked it too. I'll have more coming soon if I can fight off the mighty distractions of the outside world that have been fighting me like a monster lately. I'd like to get back to the same schedule I had last year at this time. We'll see what I can do. And until then, I'll talk to you later.


  1. I love pheasants! Used to see them here, but not so much any more. Thanks.

  2. The pheasants around here just saunter across the roads as well.

    Great photos and a lovely encounter.

  3. Cool find! And you did well photographing him.

  4. Good catch, Ratty. Used to have lots of pheasants around here, but last few years they have become a rare sight.

  5. sumtimes I stanz and contimplait, sumtimes I sitz and does it.

  6. I know why the chicken crossed the road but why did the pheasant? Nice find. Good thing you had a good zoom on your camera

  7. I would LOVE to see a pheasant. We just don't get them around here.

  8. A really beautiful bird, I like to see their population coming back We should get together for a shoot sometimes, I am just down the MO in Omaha