Last weekend, I was doing some early morning scything to cut some grass around my vegetable patches. It’s a very peaceful start to the day that I enjoy very much. The ideal time to cut grass with a scythe is around dawn when the grass is wet with dew. Sometimes when I’m doing this, there are pheasants in the adjacent field, sometimes a fox, and sometimes other birds. It’s like we’re all out and about to get the day started. The image below shows a strip that I’d just finished cutting with the scythe.
After putting the scythe away, I noticed there where a couple of pheasants (and a crow) on the lawn near the house looking for food (see image below). I didn’t want to scare them off so I stayed quiet and wondered how close I could get to them if I moved very slowly and quietly.
I had the phone on silent mode so that the camera wouldn’t make a noise, and I moved very slowly, one small step at a time, closer to them. It was like they didn’t even know I was there, or they didn’t care.
Even more surprisingly, they started to walk towards me! So now I just stood still and took photos.
They were very nonchalant and just kept walking in my direction, looking for food.
As you can see in the photos below, they just kept walking and passed by me within about 10 feet. They really are quite beautiful creatures, and the whole event was a bit surprising but very pleasant indeed.
So, these pleasant pheasants made my morning. I like working in the garden as it’s nice being closer to Nature, and having some beautiful pheasants for company just added to the experience.
Related Links – Pleasant Pheasants
Here’s a link to a page with facts about pheasants. It’s interesting that they aren’t native to the UK and were first brought here by the Romans.