Ring-necked pheasant an interesting photo subject

Posted Jan. 08, 2013, at 9:52 a.m.

I really like walking or snowshoeing in the woods after a snowfall. The evergreens are puffed with the cotton-white fresh snow. Here’s the rub, even the slightest breeze sends a basket load of cascading white toward my camera. Pros and cons, I guess. I continue to experiment with a combination of camera protection vs. quick access to be ready to capture fleeting images. Oh well.

While exploring a different route to a well traveled photo outing, I sighted this ring-necked pheasant foraging roadside. Often these birds are farm-raised, then released for sports to shoot at. The ones that escape that fate, because they are slow to take flight, are fodder for foxes, coyotes and other predators. This set of circumstances make it, I think, rare to see one in the wild. It’s one beautiful bird and I’m happy to be able to share this photo with you.