A Pheasant Walk in the Rain

It was sunny this morning… but that had turned to overcast skies and a light rain by the time we arrived at our destination, Wakehurst Place.
Rain at Wakehurst

The conditions were far from ideal for photography, but they weren't too bad to dissuade this pheasant from his afternoon stroll.
Coming over the hill

Pausing for a light snack

… and a brief look round

Then off home again
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Camera note: The first shot was taken with the all shots taken with the Canon 40D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. All the other were with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM.

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  1. gdare August 12, 2010 at 5:08 am #

    He must have been walking there on a regular basis – he seems not to be disturbed by people at all. Everytime I saw them here they would fly away or disappear in wheat field the moment they saw me :left:
    Nice photographs.

  2. Dudley August 12, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    Oh wow, this highly prized game bird would never walk like that around my area.

  3. SittingFox August 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    He acts like he owns the place! Reminds me of the pelicans in St James' Park! :right:

  4. Ukwildlife August 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Nice, especially the close up

  5. SittingFox August 14, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Beware the pelican who sits on the bench by the path. It gathers tourists, one of whom I filmed on my phone camera because he was stroking its head! I didn't actually witness any violence but I wouldn't like to get in a fight with a pelican. Or have to rescue any tourists from a pelican either, for that matter :insane:

  6. Words August 14, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Adele, which reminds me I must go to St James' Park soon.

  7. Words August 14, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Andy, Wakehurst Place is part of Kew Gardens (national horticultural centre) so the pheasants are almost like show birds. In the real countryside they would be off like a shot.

  8. Words August 14, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Erwin, thanks. I don't mind a little rain, but I would like some sunshine as well. The summer has disappeared 🙁

  9. Words August 14, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks Neil!

  10. Words August 14, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Darko, I know what you mean about pheasants flying off. If I see them in the fields that's exactly what they do. These shots were taken at Wakehurst Place, which gets thousands of visitors each year so the wildlife is not very wild!

  11. Cynthia23 August 30, 2010 at 5:08 am #

    The rain photo is beautiful!

  12. Words August 30, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Thanks Cynthia!

  13. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Even In the rain ….Beautiful