Saturday, March 21, 2009

And the fight is on!

We spent the yesterday day with Sarah and Lorelei, and got to see Jeremy when he came home from work. This is Lorelei and I, taken late with a cell phone....she loves sleeping on me like this. We almost took a nap together earlier in the day... I was so worn out when we came home that I barely got on the computer. And I just couldn't even make a decision about what to post on here, so didn't do anything.
Please enlarge these for better viewing!
Today we did a little bit of yard work, and had leftover for our evening meal. I got to checking prices of water softeners and dishwashers on here....while trying to keep an eye on the sun. When I thought it late enough, we headed out to the strip pits. On the way we saw deer and turkey, no place to pull over to take any photos. But we no more than got started at the strip pits when I spotted these two ring-necked pheasants.
These are for sure not the most in-focus shots, yet they are better than I hoped for. I was sooo excited at getting to witness this. It is a miracle I got anything at all.
I have never witnessed a fight before.....
and so consider myself blessed to finally see it for myself.
These are in the sequence they were shot...I did get a couple more but they are not good, and by then they noticed me. They took off shortly after this shot. We did see one more pheasant before we came home but it was too late, and I couldn't get close enough anyway.

Other than these, we saw several beaver, all in the water....had one hit the water with his tail when he seen me. At the other strip pit we used to fish at, I seen them regularly, but that has probably been at least 10 years ago.

And we saw lots and lots of deer there! None are very good shots but will try to post one or two in the coming days. Only seen one owl and one Northern Harrier, both very late and both were flying. So no shots at all of them.

15 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Rose... I love the picture of you with your little Princess. That is just so neat!!!!

And the pheasant fight must have been interesting to see. Yipes!!!

Glad you had a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

don said...

It was a rare opportunity you had to get these birds locked in their competitive struggle. Fine action shots! It was fun to get to see you and Lorelei!

Carletta said...

Nice to 'SEE' you Rose! :) I see you have taken to being a Grandma very well!
Don's right - a wonderful series of action shots.

Deborah Godin said...

Those are incredible shots! There's probably some blog or site somewhere you could submit them - they are prize winners in my estimation anyway!! Wow!!

fishing guy said...

Rose: Simply wonderful captures of the to pheasents in compat, uou did a neat job of getting it.

Barb said...

Rose, you have the perfect picture of you with Lorelei, she loves her Grandma, it doesn't get any better for either one of you!

The pheasants at battle is amazing, they must have been very busy with their battle, to have allowed the pics you have, great job!

dot said...

Rose, nice picture of you and the little bundle.
Your pheasant pictures are fantastic! That place seems to be a picture taking paradise.

Mary said...

wow...I never even see pheasants, let along a fight! Great shots! The baby is adorable and I know you are loving every minute of being grandma even when it tires you out.

George said...

The pheasant sequence is dramatic, but I think your granddaughter is the star of this post.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent set of pictures Rose... I see these all the time but have yet to get them putting on a show s good as this...

Tom
Wiggers World

Abe said...

I used to see pheasants running along the fence row when I was out hunting rabbits. That was during World War II when mom and I didn't have much to eat.

These are striking photos and the action is really nice.

I used to take a lot of photos of Robins fighting and then realized, after reading about robins, that these were mostly pre-mating rituals that looked like fights.

Carolina said...

That fight must have been a dramatic sight. Great shots ;-)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I love the pheasant shots, Rose! WOW! I've never seen this before.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Oh, I forgot to say how beautiful the photo of you and Lorelei is!

don said...

That's a great photo of you and Lorelei. It's always fun to see another blogger in person. The pheasant series is truly remarkable. You did a fine job of capturing the action in this fight.

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