Quid pro quo. The squirrels and birds, and now this pheasant, get bird seed and peanuts from me while I am entertained by the squirrels’ antics and satisfaction the birds have a permanent location to be well fed. And now, I have opportunities to take close-up photographs of this very colorful male pheasant.
This bird has become accustomed to seeing me put of seed in the garden, to the point he does a trot over to me if the seed has run out. With my only experiences with wild game birds occasionally chasing after me, I am not always ready for this trotting approach. At least a couple of times now I have taken a step back and been in a slight defensive mode with his sudden moves towards me.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 270mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Pheasant Close Up, Subject Right. Cameron Park, CA. January 06, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.