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Old Sep 23, 2011, 6:00 PM   #1
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Default Young Male Pheasant getting his adult feathers

Made my first trip out to the refuge just to see what was up. It's still too early for the winter water fowl but it seems there is always something to shoot non the less.
Here is a couple of shots of a young cock pheasant getting his adult plumage. There were several females with their brood, mostly young males.

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Momma and her boy. This young male is a little further along. He is starting to get his ringed-necked feathers.
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One last shot of Jr just before he ran across the road and out of sight.
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A full adult for comparison.
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Steve,
.........these are fantastic, I grew up in SW Iowa pheasant & quail country so I've seen this sight many times, but many-many years ago.

Your images here are mind jiggering to me, they bring back memories of corn fields in the fall and these beautiful birds.

They surely can run fast, thanks for sharing....

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Nice looking shots. Living in Ohio I have seen a few of those guys running around.

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Steve,
.........these are fantastic, I grew up in SW Iowa pheasant & quail country so I've seen this sight many times, but many-many years ago.

Your images here are mind jiggering to me, they bring back memories of corn fields in the fall and these beautiful birds.

They surely can run fast, thanks for sharing....

boB

Hey thanks Bob. Happy I could provide a nice moment for you. I have many happy memories of hunting pheasant out in the rice fields with my dad and brother when I was 12 years old. And your right these guys are fast and can disappear into the brush faster than I can blink.

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Wow, the colours are fantastic and it was nice seeing the difference between the juvenile and adults.
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Wow, the colours are fantastic and it was nice seeing the difference between the juvenile and adults.

Thanks again, these are the first shots I have taken of an immature bird. They are so beautiful as adults so it's kind of fun to see the transition.

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Beautiful colors!
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