Has anyone seen our Pheasant?

Has anyone seen our Pheasant? A rhetorical question of course, because none of you could possibly provide the answer. But you might be thinking: Why the question?

A brace of Pheasant - click to enlarge

[Footnote:there is only just the one Pheasant. This is two images, one reversed, hand merged in Photoshop]

For the last two years, a cock Pheasant has been a regular visitor to our sizeable walled garden. Often arriving cackling noisily, sitting on our garden wall for lengthy periods, or pecking around the bird table hoovering up the seed spilt by the small birds.

All puffed up in the cold - click to enlarge

Eventually, early this year we decided we should make more of an effort to reward his visits, and set out a dish of wild bird seed for him. It worked – he became a predictable daily visitor, arriving for breakfast, lunch or tea, or all three! And hanging around waiting, if the dish had not been replenished. His initial nervousness was replaced by an increasing boldness to the extent that if I moved slowly I could walk down the garden to re-fill the dish and he would remain close by. And as soon as I stepped back he would approach and start to peck away even if I was only 10 feet away.

Occasionally, a female pheasant came with him.  And then one day at the end of Spring this year he failed to turn up, and that is the last we have seen of him.

In Dingle Dell - click to enlarge

You get attached, even to wild life. Domestic animals are well known for their capacity to brighten life – dogs and cats being prime examples. But small birds squabbling at the feeders; visits from Woodpeckers, Squirrels, and a Pheasant, all brighten up a dreary lifeless garden in winter. We miss our Pheasant and inevitably wonder what has happened to him. Has our diner become someone’s dinner? Has he died of old age, been killed crossing the road, or maybe he’s found his mate?

Or, perish the thought – has he found a better Restaurant!? Maybe one day, he’ll just turn up again – one can always hope.

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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9 Responses to Has anyone seen our Pheasant?

  1. imcconnell says:

    Sorry to here of you loss Andy! What a great looking bird and some fantastic shots of him.


  2. Jimi Jones says:

    Andy, these photos are stunning. Outstanding color and detail. If that pheasant knew you were making him look that good, he’d be back in a second. 🙂 Nice story, man. Hopefully he does make a return some day.


  3. What a great story Andy and the photos are gorgeous. I particularly love the second one. The details are outstanding.


  4. Awesome. We’ve got a pretty sizable family of pheasants that live with us, as well, and we’ve pretty much named each and every one of them. You are so correct with the observation on how attached we get to these wonderful little critters. What a great set of photos here, my friend, I really really enjoyed this post.


  5. A.Barlow says:

    That was a nice read man. Loved the shots. That first one is awesome, really.


  6. Adam Allegro says:

    Lovely photos!!! I like that first one – fantastic shot all around. The crop is wonderful. Are you able to retrieve the left pheasant’s tail?? It really doesn’t effect the shot, but might be a bit more balanced? Still a wonderful shot!


  7. ChrisdMRF says:

    Wonderful Andy, Love the photos. We have a pair of Canadian geese who visit 2 times a day in the spring and summer. After 4 years I can hand feed them


  8. So sorry he left. I hope he returns. And absolutely wonderful images too. 🙂


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