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Ring-necked Pheasants at DeKorte Park

February 8, 2011

What was originally planned as a 30 minute visit to the DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, NJ it turned out to be a five hour stay. And the only reason I left, was that I filled up all memory cards. (Learnt a lesson here). Hawk flight was spectacular that day. Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Northern Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks were flying by every 15 minutes or so. I’ve never seen this place so active before.

Today, I want to share with you how that Friday morning started. Upon arrival, I spotted three Ring-necked Pheasants feeding. To my surprise they let me approach close enough to get some nice close-ups:

Phasianus colchicus

Ring-necked Pheasant ©Greg Gard - http://www.greggard.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS + 1.4x teleconverter, ISO 400, 1/800s, f/8 AV mode - click the image for higher resolution

notice the seeds on the ground:

Phasianus colchicus

Ring-necked Pheasant ©Greg Gard - http://www.greggard.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS + 1.4x teleconverter, ISO 400, 1/640s, f/8 AV mode - click the image for higher resolution

 

When the hawks started to be more active in the area, pheasants found a neat hiding spot where they could rest and keep an eye on the situation.

Ring-necked Pheasant ©Greg Gard - http://www.greggard.com - Canon EOS 7D, 300mm F2.8 IS + 2x teleconverter, ISO 800, 1/500s, f/9 AV mode - click the image for higher resolution

 

Here is a short video showing one of the Ring-necked Pheasants feeding on the seeds (please watch it full screen in HD):

 

 

I will share hawk pictures in upcoming days. Stayed tuned!

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