Sometimes the unexpected happens and you get the opportunity to try out some new photography. Chance plays a big part and it was one frosty Saturday morning that I spotted these young Pheasants in a field near to the place I was staying.
It was a frosty morning, the first of the year, with ice covering cars. I was looking out of the window and saw three Pheasants in the field opposite grazing on the ground. Quickly put on my boots, grab my camera (switching lenses to the 100-400mm) and headed out as quickly as I could.
By the time I got to the field the Pheasants were quite far and I was unable to get a good shot from my vantage point. Rather typically my camera was in the wrong setting and quite a few shots ended up being out of focus. Getting closer proved fruitless, they saw me a mile off and scarpered.
In the meantime, a squirrel popped into view foraging for view and I was able to take a quick shot or two as it bounced across the field. It’s foraging yield a nut that it held in its mouth as it scampered back to the bushes.
Focusing back on the Pheasants, I decided to try and follow them as they headed into the undergrowth which led to an old overgrown footpath. Gently walking down the footpath I was able to creep up on them as they settled in the bushes and took the below shots. Had to use a high ISO to take the shots, I am nevertheless pleased by them. They seem to capture the personality and the feelings of autumn.
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