On my recent wildlife photography adventure at Antelope Island State Park in Utah, I was fortunate enough to capture an image of a beautiful Ring-necked Pheasant. As I was driving along the park’s scenic roads, I noticed movement in the tall grass and quickly pulled over to investigate.

Ring-necked Pheasant In Utah
Ring-necked Pheasant In Utah

To my delight, I spotted a stunning Ring-necked Pheasant among the grasses. Although I was only able to photograph its head, it was still a magnificent sight to behold. With its distinctive metallic green head, red wattle, and white neck ring, the Ring-necked Pheasant is a truly striking bird.

Native to Asia, the Ring-necked Pheasant was introduced to North America in the late 1800s as a game bird. Today, it is a popular game bird species and is found throughout much of the United States. In the wild, the Ring-necked Pheasant is known for its secretive nature, often hiding in tall grasses or other vegetation to avoid predators.

Antelope Island State Park is an ideal location for spotting Ring-necked Pheasants. This beautiful park, located on a large island in the Great Salt Lake, is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including bison, pronghorn antelope, and numerous bird species. In fact, Antelope Island State Park is one of the best places in Utah for birdwatching, with over 250 species of birds recorded on the island.

In conclusion, my encounter with the Ring-necked Pheasant at Antelope Island State Park was a memorable experience. Although I was only able to photograph its head, it was still a remarkable sight to see. I hope that my photograph will inspire others to visit this beautiful park and appreciate the diverse wildlife that calls it home.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Antelope Island State Park (Utah)
  • Date and Time Taken: June 3, 2022 (09:03 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: 0.7
  • Focal Length: 472 mm

Here is a few other birds I photographed at Antelope Island State Park: Willet At Antelope Island State Park and Rock Wren