All of these male Ring-necked Pheasant portraits were taken yesterday morning at Farmington Bay WMA in the snow at 5°F. When it gets that cold I have found that birds become sticky which simply means they stick around longer than they do in warmer temps. And this male Ring-necked Pheasant probably couldn’t have been any stickier than he was.
Portrait of a male Ring-necked Pheasant – Nikon D810, f11, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
The pheasant was so close that I decided to take portraits of him because with my bird gear combo I couldn’t fit his entire body into the frame even when I took off my teleconverter. Another challenge was getting the pheasant exposed well without completely blowing out the snow in the background or losing all the detail in the white plumage around his neck and above his eye.
Ring-necked Pheasant yawning – Nikon D810, f9, 1/640, ISO 200, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
I couldn’t resist sharing this last portrait because the pheasant was yawning and this frame showed the inside of the bird’s bill and its tongue along with a few snowflakes on his back plus one on the tip of his lower mandible. I know this image looks a little goofy but I would much rather view this than the crazy (self-absorbed) duck-lipped selfies I see on line these days.
I did take a few full body images of this pheasant using my backup camera body and wide angle lens but found that I liked these portraits the most.
Life is good