As I walked up the byway (see context here), male Pheasants, strutting and noisy, were everywhere – its that time of year.  By contrast, the smaller and far more camouflaged females were rarely seen.  And getting back to the car which I’d parked beside the small common around which West Littleton clusters, I was clearly trespassing on ground this particular male thought his – so he set about strutting around me, noisily protesting and getting ever closer.

What a bird – and looking at him you may wonder that England has produced something so exotic.  To which the simple answer is that it hasn’t – these are birds of the Orient, ranging from the Black Sea east to China, and are thought to have been introduced here in the 11th or 12th centuries – for meat, decoration or both, I suppose.  But country sports and meat are their fate now, and pheasant is considered a delicacy – as I was reminded over breakfast by this picture on the restaurant wall –



There are other images here: 12, 13.

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Technique (main photo): X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm; 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; West Littleton, South Gloucestershire; 12 Apr 2017.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

8 Responses to OUTLANDS 14 – PHEASANT

  1. bluebrightly says:

    It’s always a little odd thrill to see one (and hear them!) in the wild here, where of course they were also introduced, but haven’t done quite so well as where you live. They seem wild enough sometimes, but you know they’re not! This shot really points up the comical aspect of the display!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, comical they can certainly be – which is no doubt helped by them looking out of place too. I think they’re bred for shooting here and there are many, many of them – we even had a (presumably lost) female on our back garden!


  2. Beautiful image – fascinated to read they were introduced but makes absolute sense now I think about it!! Hope you are well😄


  3. paula graham says:

    This bird disturbs my beauty sleep, all year round with its extremely loud territorial call, starting before dawn. Thousands escape from ‘shoots’ and survive more or less successfully in the British countryside, where indeed it does not belong and has few ‘enemies’ to strike a balance…….India is its native home I believe.


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