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 offRing-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

15 Comments

  1. […] Ring-necked Pheasants are far more colorful than the females and in snow they seem even more vividly colored. These upland game birds are foraging for food […]

  2. M. Firpi January 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

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

  3. Susan January 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson January 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Susan, I love that lift off pose.

  4. Laurence Butler January 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Absolutely Charming

    • Mia McPherson January 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Laurence, charming does describe these birds!

  5. eric c11 January 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

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

    well done mia

    • Mia McPherson January 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you very much Eric.

  6. Sherry in MT January 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

    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!

  7. Fern Culhane January 15, 2013 at 7:40 am

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

    • Mia McPherson January 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Fern, I just need to find time to edit more images of her!

  8. Hilke Breder January 15, 2013 at 7:19 am

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

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