I Finally Got Him !!! A Pheasant Surprise for my Outdoor Wednesday!!!

I've been watching him for months.  He  seems to appear when I'm without my camera or he will take off too quickly when I come by.   He lives  near my Mom's house and late last spring I would sometimes see him as often as 3 times a day!  I figured it  must be  mating season because he would be out strutting his stuff and looking all pretty!  Sometimes, I would see him over flirting with a group of holsteins.  Now that was a sight!

Yesterday morning I finally caught him!!  I pulled over to the side of the road as he passed by. I quickly grabbed my camera,  he made some funny noises, actually a lot of sqawking!  No he wasn't too thrilled with me! 

Soon he was headed into the brush and nowhere to be found.  I have seen him a lot lately and started wondering if it could be mating season again.  Well, I didn't drive but a few hundred yards, and look what I found. 

She is a little more plain looking and blends into the landscape really well!   And yes, that is snow, our you've got to be kidding snow!

But I know a certain fellow who thinks she's just gorgeous!   Thanks for coming by, I hope you visit our hostess Susan for more Outdoor Wednesday Posts!   Cindy


  1. Hi Cindy! Oh what a beautiful bird. I don't think I've ever seen a pheasant in person! Love that red head!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Good for you girl to finally get him and his mate...aren't they beautiful we use to raise ring neck phesants just like these...Hope all's been well in your world my friend...I think about you often...May you have a great week...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  3. I can't believe you captured them both! That first picture is really amazing. He is a fine looking bird.


  4. What a beautiful bird! Great photos - thanks for sharing. Hope we don't get any of that snow anytime soon.

  5. Such gorgeous birds. I often wonder why the male is usually the prettiest in nature. Hummm? Great pictures. Sorry for the early snow, I know you're probably not ready yet. Hugs, Marty

  6. Thanks for the visit, love knowing more about you.
    I can't believe you got such great shots...they move so fast! And it's a perfect shot..right there in the autumn leaves! Yes, I was thinking..Snow?! His little girlfriend is so cute, the shot of her in the snowy bushes is so cute! It's neat the way the hen is protected by her coloring isn't it!
    Come say hi anytime :D

  7. I'm so happy you did! This bird is so pretty. I've never seen one up close and personal. ~ Sarah

  8. How pretty Cindy ! Good girl to have your camera..I need to carry mine around too ! I mentioned you in my Outdoor Wednesday for this week....all with love....LOL !

  9. Oh, this is TOOOO cool!!!

    What shall we call them??? Phinny and Felicia Pheasant???

  10. Oh what a beautiful sight he is! I've been trying to take pictures of a crane that keeps coming to our swimming pool. It is really neat to see something like this. :)

  11. Cindy, he is stunning, and you got some fabulous photos of him. You also got fabulous photos of the fall leaves and the fall SNOW!! Maybe you'll be able to photograph the proud parents when they bring their little ones out for a walk. laurie

  12. Great shot!
    A pheasant flew through our cottage window. We weren't there so our elderly neighbor boarded the window up.
    Guess what, it was still inside! It spent a few days in our cottage pooping all over the place...What a mess!

  13. He is just beautiful. Enjoyed my tour of your site.

  14. Cindy, I'm in awe to think that such a gorgeous bird would just stroll onto your property. Though we do have hawks and and roadrunners, we more often see rattlesnakes, coyotes, and tarantulas! Happy OW!

  15. Well, what a happy girl you must have been to capture this grand fellow.

    Great shots -- thanks for sharing the fun with us all. Happy ODW.

    If you have a moment — I would love you to stop by and say hi!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  16. Good for you! I have not seen this bird before! He is beautiful!

    Ebie's Outdoor Wednesday.

  17. How exciting to see a pheasant. What a beautiful bird. That would make my day!

  18. These are really pretty birds. You were lucky to get so many great pictures of it. Very nice post.

  19. I envy you, I've been trying to catch one of these for ages, so I know how difficult they are. These are great shots !

  20. It sure takes a lot of patience to get photos of critters on the move. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing!
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  21. I have never seen one before. Thanks so much for sharing the pics. He is beautiful.


  22. Oh, Cindy! How amazing! I'm so glad you caught both of them for a photo. I've never seen one in the wild.

    Is that snow on the ground I spy??? We are still hot as blazes. I can't get over it. I thought things were going to cool down in August (we had a drop in temp), and then it heated back up for October. I think we've had records this month. Yesterday it topped 90 and felt every bit of it.

    Sending you love...


    Sheila :-)

  23. Hi Cindy, your patience certainly payed off, he's a beauty.. What a beautiful bird. We are fortunate to have those close by in our area, I truly enjoyed seeing yours..hugs ~lynne~

  24. Hello Cindy. Beautiful captures!
    Thank you for sharing.

  25. Cindy - that is so cool. A PHEASANT! Dumb question - but do you ever see wild turkeys? I used to get all excited when we got to see Quail out at the Colorado River! LOL.
    Well - I! LOVE! YOUR! SNOW!
    It is actually raining here today, and even rained yesterday and then of course by Sat it is supposed to be back up to 88!!! YUCK! I want COLD!!
    But I'll take what I can get!
    Loved this post!!!
    Big hugs! Karen

  26. Your persistence certainly paid off this time. What a gorgeous sight he is. My critters usually never cooperate with the camera. We are dealing with a bear right now who is getting in the weaning pen and running the 500-700 pound calves right though the electric and barbed wire fences. No pic yet...it happens too fast for this old chick! Thanks soooo much for sharing your remarkable pics of the beautiful birds.

    Have a beautiful day!!!

  27. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
    Mama Bear

  28. Hi Cindy,
    He is one handsome fellow. She's pretty cute too ;) I've only seen one, a male, since moving to this house. After a few days he disappeared, never to be seen again. You were lucky to catch a few pictures of both him and her. Hope they grace your yard with their presence again soon. Hugs, Loretta

  29. Cindy,
    What a pleasant surprise! I am usually caught without my camera. They are adorable as is your post!
    The pictures turned out great and I LOVE your header Apple and fall picture. So bright and pretty.
    I changed mine and had trouble getting the photo to fit...\. someone suggested to 'shrink it to fir' and it worked perfectly. Then I changed it back! Then I didn't care for my new photo! LOL


  30. They really are characters aren't they?
    My sister had a pair in her garden. The male went under a tree and started flapping and digging a cozy den then came out and got the female. She took a look and then walked out.
    Back he went flapping and digging. Once again she turned him down.
    The third time he figured he must have had it done to perfection. Out he came to get her and she had left. He just stood there with a stunned look on his beak wondering where she went.
    You either got it or you don't.

  31. Who said guys can't strut their stuff, male pheasants know how to woo the gals. They really are a beautiful bird. . .Great pictures!

  32. Oh man, snow! I think we have flurries in the forecast for this weekend (here in OH). I just love pheasants, they are such gorgeous birds. So neat you were able to get shots of the Mr. & Mrs.!

  33. CUTE POST!!!! The colors on him were wonderful! And that backdrop of snow was perfect for the photos. Good job on the pictures. So often it is hard to get pictures of bird or animals becuase they are afraid.

  34. What a perfect title for your shots:
    What a Pheasant Surprise.
    Joyce M

  35. Congratulations on capturing photos of your ringneck. They are beautiful birds.

  36. I never realized how handsome the male pheasant actually is. This was a great capture. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  37. What great pictures! The male is gorgeous! What luck to capture them both!!! I had to chuckle about the plain female and the fellow who thinks she is a looker!!!! :D Jewel

  38. What beautiful color. I can't believe you spotted his lady friend too.

    I'm getting ready to package up the placemats and will have them in the mail tomorrow.

  39. Oh he's beautiful! I bet you do get so excited when you see them. :)

  40. Wow Cindy! That is fabulous that you caught him and his pretty mate! Great catch! Cannot wrap my head around the idea of fall yet, let alone snow! At 7:00 a.m. this morning, it was 85 degrees here!

    Thank you for sharing your photos with us!

    ~ Tracy

  41. Good shots and what a pretty pheasant, Cindy!...Christine

  42. Now he is the Brad Pitt of Pheasants! Isn't he a hunk? How did I miss this last week? :-)

    She is such a sweet and meek looking little lady, isn't she? My Mom used to say that all males are better looking then females, in ALL species -- including human! She said it's why women use makeup and hair color, etc., to look good -- other wise she said we'd fade into the background.
    Hahahaha.. not sure about that, but I do love seeing how birds have that whole protect-the-family thing worked out.

    I hope these two get together! I want to see baby pheasants.



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