In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”
This ring-necked pheasant on our bird farm is wearing a “peeper.” It’s a small,plastic device he wears in his beak to limit his forward vision so he doesn’t peck out the feathers or eyes of his fellow pheasants. Without peepers, captive pheasants will literally peck each other to death. It ain’t pretty.
In about three weeks, this rooster will shed his ocular boundary and and be freed from the physical boundaries of his pen, released to the wild. He will supplement wild bird populations, provide hunting opportunity and add a beautiful splash of color to our otherwise drab landscape.
“Even his sleep was full of dreams. He dreamt as he had not dreamt since the old days at Three Mile Cross — of hares starting from the long grass; of pheasants rocketing up with long tails streaming, of partridges rising with a whirr from the stubble. He dreamt that he was hunting, that he was chasing some spotted spaniel, who fled, who escaped him.” Virginia Woolf