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Rocky Beach

Rocky Beach

While I was walking up to this rocky beach at Kirwin I kept hearing a sound in the brush right behind me. Every time I would look over my shoulder the sound would stop and nothing was moving. I worried there was a bobcat or coyote following me, or even a snake! Finally I saw a little head pop out of the weeds and there was a big ring-neck pheasant standing just about 2 feet away. By the time I turned the camera his direction he took off. I must have gotten to near a nest or something and he was protecting it.
Photo taken at Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge - North Central Kansas - April 17, 2011