Ring-necked Pheasant Portrait (Photo of the week)

A ring-necked pheasant stands tall among dried grass
A ring-necked pheasant stands tall among dried grass

Last week, I went to Byxbee Park (part of Palo Alto Baylands) looking for some of the wintering water foul. I saw plenty, but also came across three ring-necked pheasants, all in different areas of the park. I had seen them several times here before, but never three in one day! Usually they hang to the thick bushes, but occasionally they come out into the open to forage. The beautiful colors make this a stunning bird to watch.

I have quite a few full body shots, but I liked the portrait the best. I’ve included a couple other shots below.

A ring-necked pheasant stalks close to the ground
A ring-necked pheasant stalks close to the ground
A ring-necked pheasant walks through short grasses, with a wary eye for predators
A ring-necked pheasant walks through short grasses, with a wary eye for predators