Montana Outdoors

November 25, 2010

Pretty little gal

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — montucky @ 7:44 pm

Chinese Pheasant

It is often said that the female of this species is drab and plain. Well, not so in my opinion!


  1. She is quite amazing!


    Comment by Roberta Gould — November 25, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    • She has started visiting the area where we provide food for the wild turkeys. They sometimes chase her off but she always comes back to get her share of cracked corn. She’s a perfect example of her species!


      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

  2. Beautiful!


    Comment by Aaron Theisen — November 25, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  3. You are right, after a couple of beers she…oh, wait. You mean the bird! Yes, she is beautiful.


    Comment by burstmode — November 25, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

    • The light was just right to show her off I think, and she’s exceptionally well groomed too.


      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

  4. Oh no – I think she’s beautiful as well!!! Nice capture Terry! Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — November 25, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    • Thank you Stacey! We had a very nice one. We were even privileged to have someone whom we met through my blog join us for dinner!


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  5. Indeed, a very pretty gal, as you say ! And with the perfect camouflage near this tree trunk. A beautiful shot !


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — November 26, 2010 @ 12:29 am

    • Yes, she blends in very well with her usual surroundings. That camouflage is a very successful survival strategy!


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  6. What a superb capture as she is standing at attention in the snow! She is pretty with those lovely patterned feathers.


    Comment by Anna — November 26, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    • Yes, she is very alert and sharp! I love to see an animal that alert and in such great condition!


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  7. A very lovable photo. You got powerful zoom I see!


    Comment by sartenada — November 26, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    • The lens I used is a Nikon 70 – 300mm and the photo was taken at 300mm. I like that lens a lot although it is heavy to carry on long hikes.


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  8. As I have paid closer and closer attention to our feathered friends I have found many described as “drab” or “plain” to be quite stunning on closer examination. In that context, I no longer use the phrase “oh, it’s just a sparrow” after spotting a bird and looking to determine its tribe. I’d sure never think to say “oh, it’s just a pheasant” either.

    Bet she drives the boys wild!


    Comment by Dave at collinda — November 26, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    • Yes, I bet this little gal will have a rooster very interested in her, come spring! You are so right about what you see with closer examination!


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

  9. Am absolute beauty. Love the details captured in the feathers. And – so very wintery..can’t wait for our first snow!!!


    Comment by Marcie — November 26, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    • Our weather has warmed up a bit now and we are really enjoying the snow. This pheasant has visited every day now and she’s a real treat to watch!


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

  10. This is a wonderful shot, and isn’t she pretty?


    Comment by Sandy — November 26, 2010 @ 9:34 am

  11. I share the consensus, she’s got very pretty markings and seems very shapely, too.


    Comment by Candace — November 26, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    • Yes, she’s very well groomed and seems to be very alert and quick. She will do very well!


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  12. Hi Montucky, What a pretty bird she is! Nice photo, too! Have a wonderful Friday and coming weekend. Stay warm!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 26, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher. I hope you have a great weekend too!


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  13. She looks very femine and sweet.


    Comment by kateri — November 26, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

    • She’s spunky too. The turkeys chase her away from their food but she keeps coming back until she gets here share. She’ much quicker than they are.


      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2010 @ 9:54 am

  14. Excellent photo! I’ve never seen such beautiful “drab and plain”. ; )


    Comment by kcjewel — November 27, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    • The roosters are very bright colored and of course people consider the hens drab by comparison. Actually, I prefer her color scheme!


      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2010 @ 9:56 am

  15. She sure is a beauty. I like how you appreciate her unique colour scheme! How close were you to her?


    Comment by Cait — November 28, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    • She was about 40 feet away at 300mm. I was lucky to be ready when the light became just right!


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  16. She is beautiful and what an outstanding photo of the lass.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 29, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    • I’m happy to say that she has been visiting every day now and she’s very welcome


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  17. Beautiful markings!

    Isn’t it strange how people notice the male bird’s plumage in so many different birds… pheasants… peacocks spring to mind. And the females are just as pretty – just different.


    Comment by Val Erde — November 29, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    • I agree with that Val. I think this little hen is just as pretty as the more colorful rooster although quite different.


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

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