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For Jim (JCarroll) Bedraggled Pheasant - 25th June 2007

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One of my bird shots, Jim. It was pure luck.

I don't know who was more surprised, me or this bedraggled old pheasant. It jumped on this wall as I was about to walk off from taking photographs of local flooding and we were no more than four feet apart. I managed half-a-dozen shots and then we parted company. It never flinched as I walked off.

This bird is bred for game. The ones that don't get shot are quite likely to turn up in the garden looking for a tasty morsel, or seed off the bird table.

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SunnyBarb25

I guess the bird was lucky not be shot dead so he lived long? Great photo :)

dondi

Nice shot, and it's nice to encounter the word "bedraggled"! Looks wet mostly, but a trophy shot anyway.

A great shot, thanks for sharing. I guess I would look bedraggled too,if I were out in a flooded area without a towel to dry off. I am sure the bird was just happy that you only aimed your camera at him.

alliebono

well done you! brilliant shot!
something similar happened to me (2 humming birds suddenly appeared just 2 feet away from me while I was taking photos of something else) but I got so excited that my hands shook and the picture wasn't nice at all!!!

jcarroll

Amazing photo, Dave! Thanks so much!