In terms of a Christmas post and accompanying photograph, this pheasant is about as close as I can get this year – which is me saying not very close. Yet with a yard full of squirrels, a variety of birds such as yellow finches, hummingbirds, grosbeaks, scrub jays and mourning doves (and few I can’t remember the names of), and a koi pond with some very large koi, this male pheasant is the new arrival.
There is always an extra bit of joy to look out the windows of the house and see a variety of birds feasting off the various feeders outside. Rain or shine, a variety of birds and squirrels are out there eating. The story of this pheasant started a couple of weeks ago. I looked out the front window on late afternoon at the bird feeder and noticed what seemed like a very colorful turkey walking outside. Upon closer inspection, this creature clearly was not a turkey, but a pheasant. In trying to get a closer look at it, the pheasant had run towards the backyard but was thwarted by the fencing separating the front to the backyard. It proceeded to pace along the length of fence back and forth for 5 minutes, confused on how to get to the backyard. I thought it best at this point to open up the fence door without trying to scare it away. Soon enough, it ran into the backyard, but I could not see where it went in the fading light. Over the course of the last few days, I have been seeing the pheasant from time to time feeding on seeds I leave for the birds. It eats quite a bit of food in a short amount of time.
This past week, I have noticed it on the roof of my 2-story house and creepily sitting in the tree here at the back of the property, just staring at me. Well, it is probably staring at anything that moves, but still a bit creepy (and entertaining). So the short of it is, for the time being, I have a new semi-permanent animal resident in the yard – just in time for Christmas.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO400, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/6 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Pheasant in Tree, Lowlight. Cameron Park, CA. December 20, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.