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Ring-Necked Pheasant by Bobby McLeod

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Canon 50D 70-200 f2.8 L lens

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Ring-necked pheasants are native to China and East Asia, but they have been successfully introduced in other parts of the world, including North America.

Males are vibrantly colored with blue-green heads, red face wattles, and distinctive white neck rings. Females are a rather plain buff brown, but both sexes have long, pointed tails. These beautiful birds are wily in the wild and much sought after by game hunters. Thousands of them are harvested each year, but management and reintroduction programs boost many populations.

Males (also known as “cocks”) establish harems of hens—as many as a dozen female birds. Each spring a male delineates and defends his territory and his harem from aggressive rivals. Such encounters can lead to vicious battles.

The birds prefer fields and farmlands with brushy cover, though they also inhabit woodland undergrowth and some wetlands. Females nest in fields or in border habitat and lay a dozen or more eggs, which they incubate with no help from the cock. Young pheasants grow up quickly and can fly within two weeks. They will remain with their mother for six or seven weeks. Many pheasant eggs are destroyed by predators or by humans (particularly in farm country), and young birds also have a high mortality rate.

In autumn, ring-necked pheasants form flocks in which they will live until the following spring.

These birds are most comfortable on the ground, where they forage for grains, seeds, berries, insects, and, occasionally, small animals. They can fly and launch themselves airborne with an abrupt, noisy takeoff, but typically run from trouble. Pheasant flights are merely short-distance dashes for cover.

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Comments

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterover 5 years ago

    excellent work well done

  • thank you alan!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • Alison Cornford-Matheson
    Alison Cornfor...over 5 years ago

    What a beauty!

  • thanks alison!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • Outdoors2
    Outdoors2over 5 years ago

    I’ve “shot” many of these “delicious” birds also …;-P
    Great comp with the background really allowing to show off his colors

  • many thanks rainer!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • Ginger  Barritt
    Ginger Barrittover 5 years ago

    Perfect comp….beautiful image!

  • thanks so much ginger!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • George Woodcock
    George Woodcockover 5 years ago

    beauty shot. was he sat there for long?

  • thanks for that george!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • Macky
    Mackyover 5 years ago

    Just perfect Bobby, a belated Happy 2009 to you and yours!!

  • hey macky, been a while. i’ve been snowed under with winter school n exams, but at last i have 5 weeks of pure vacation ahead. started with a bang by shooting off to the zoo this pm as soon as my last class ended. couldn’t resist a fresh snowfall. hope you’re well!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • Julie Thomas
    Julie Thomasover 5 years ago

    amazing shot, great colours and detail!

  • thanks so much julie. this guy posed for about 2 mins – enough to squeeze off a few cool shots!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 5 years ago

    beautiful capture.

  • thanks for the input man!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • jerry  alcantara
    jerry alcantaraover 5 years ago

    another amazing shot, man!

  • always good to hear from you jerry! thanks for stopping by!

    – Bobby McLeod

  • Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)
    Neil Bygrave (...over 5 years ago

    Great setting, colour and detail :-). A definite favourite

  • hey neil! thanks for the support man!

    – Bobby McLeod

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