Ring-necked Pheasant hen in snow

Ring-necked Pheasant hen in snowRing-necked Pheasant hen in snow – Nikon D300, f8, 1/2500, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I have been noticing more Ring-necked Pheasants than usual of late but that it mostly because the birds don’t blend well into the snow and we have had plenty of the white stuff fall the past few weeks. Yesterday I spotted this hen Ring-necked Pheasant very close to where I photographed a Great Blue Heron a few days ago but this hen was on top of the creek bank.

Female Ring-necked Pheasant

 Female Ring-necked Pheasant – Nikon D300, f8, 1/2500, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The pheasant hens aren’t as colorful as the males but I find them every bit as appealing because of the intricate and cryptic feather patterns that they have. In this image the furrow in the snow behind the hen was created when another pheasant moved through the drift.

Ring-necked Pheasant hen lifting off

 Ring-necked Pheasant hen lifting off – Nikon D300, f8, 1/2000, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

In the frame above the female Ring-necked was lifting off, I love how I can see her right wingtip in the snow, how I can see the pattern her wingtip made in it, the fanned out tail and the wonderful pose.

I took loads of photos of this hen and I suspect I will post more of her in the future.

Mia

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.

15 Comments

  1. Pingback: Ring-necked Pheasant males in the snow | Mia McPherson's On The Wing Photography

  2. I’m glad to see the female, as the males are the ones more frequently displayed. Striking wingspread here.

  3. Wow, wonderful, I love the take off image:)

  4. very nice, the third is the best for me, with a nice move of the wings

    well done mia

  5. I like that last one too for the same reasons however, the first ones are really nice because you have just that tad of brown grass showing in the snow along with her. Nice!

  6. will look forward to seeing more! Find the patterns of her plumage so lovely!

  7. Brilliant images, Mia, particularly the last one. Your commentary really enhances the visual experience.

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