Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Woah That Was Close~

During our recent visit out west, we saw many species of wildlife. One of the creatures I had longed to view were Pheasants. We were told to go out to the Pierre National Grasslands and there we would see many of them. I told my husband what the gentleman had told me and off we ventured. We had only traveled two miles when there were several in a ditch and they were bathing. I was so excited and yelled stop! Well, my husby states matter of said that the man said....urghhhhh, well, we drove and we drove and we drove and I do believe that the happy husby was beginning to feel guilty, for all we saw was grasslands. The next morning, we set off on the road trip and I was still sulking a wee bit and then I spotted a few off in a field, and once again I yelled stop! He was going to fast to stop, but he did find a drive way to turn about and went back to the field. Well, let me just say...I was really thankful that he turned around, however by the time we got back to the field the Pheasants were further away and it was not such a good capture situation. We had to turn the car around again to get going in the direction of our journey and that is when the Pheasant hen flew across the road right in front of us and I got the capture at the top of the page. This was to happen again on our journey with a Red-tail, but more on that another post. Have a great day~


  1. The Ring Neck Pheasant certainly is a beautiful bird. Sometimes I watch them and forget to photograph them. They will never leave your memory once you see one. Thanks for sharing your photos and your story.

  2. I am jealous! I sometimes SEE pheasants but they are always too far away for me to get a good photo. Yours are great!

  3. Excellent that you finally managed to catch some pictures of them!! Well done, and the first flight sot is exquisite!

  4. you're so patient. it's all worth it because you got these perfect shots.

    Desert Safari

  5. Mary, that is quite a series of twist and turns, and with a wonderful outcome. Too bad you didn't get any further west; we likely could not have shown you pheasants but I ran into (not literally since I had to stop the car in order to let them "walk" across the road) two families of turkeys several mornings ago.

    Hope you have a splendid weekend.

  6. Beautiful catch. I saw my first Great Grey for the summer on Tuesday while deer hunting. It has been almost three months since I have seen one.

  7. A nice bird! And a fun story of yours! :) Lucky you got some photos in the end! I enjoy taking photos at speed, when my dear is driving.. just to see if there come some good photos out of it. But ok.. I sometimes say "stop...", too ;)

    Have a nice day! :)

  8. Great shots! A pheasant used to come out of the apple orchard behind our house in the winter to cozy up to the dryer vent. We have a basement window there and could see him very close up when the lights were off, an incredibly beautiful fowl.

  9. Hi Mary. this post make me chuckle. It is one of birdings fascinations that one mans common bird or pest is another mans rarity!! In england pheasants are so common they are often a pest, and in here in Australia, they are an unwanted introduction, and are being culled to try and eradicate them. (but it is still s beautiful bird!!)


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