Ring-necked Pheasant, Illinois, United States by Sandra Rust

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Ring-necked Pheasant eating sumac berries during the polar vortex February 2021. These Ring-necked Pheasants were farm raised, and released for hunting purposes only. Their survival skills amaze me. I heard only a handful survived the hunting season, and somehow managed to survive the brutal winter here in Illinois. This was the only sumac berry bush in the area that I could see. It was freezing cold out and I was sitting in my car, and by pure accident my friend saw them jumping up onto the berries. I really love the way their feather pattern blends in with the sumac here.

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