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Pleasant pheasants

pleasant pheasants - up close

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.

a patch of grass I'd just scythed

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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.

pheasants a a crow looking for food

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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.

pheasants just doing their thing

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Even more surprisingly, they started to walk towards me! So now I just stood still and took photos.

the pheasants coming nearer me

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They were very nonchalant and just kept walking in my direction, looking for food.

pleasant pheasants - coming closer

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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.

pleasant pheasants - up close

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pleasant pheasants - up close

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pleasant pheasants - up close

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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.

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