All Clear


All Clear

Ring-Necked Pheasant

All Clear



600 mm

The Story

Bill wasn’t the only one with his eye on this ring-necked pheasant. The rooster found cover crouching in the grass after a red-tailed hawk took a dive at him. After about 15 minutes, he poked his head out from his shelter to assess the risk of danger. Determining all was clear and safe, the bird allowed Bill to spend the next three hours with him as he foraged through the corn stubble for food.

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Countless Hours.

A Single Moment.

A man of few words Bill Vanderhagen is more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. Like many, he finds the speed of modern life exhausting. Photography is his refuge. It is in the stillness of nature, waiting countless hours to capture that single moment where he feels most alive.

Bill discovered photography in 2008 as a way to combine my two passions for art and the outdoors. Learning the skills of this art form was an adventure of its own. With the exception of a brief two-year hiatus due creative burnout, Bill have never bored from chasing that single image.

Even with human subjects, there is something magical about capturing a glance, a smirk, or smile, which is gone just as quickly as it showed up.

Thanks for visiting the site. It has always been Bill's hope that the photos he shares bring you the sense of excitement and discovery he feels when it is just him, the unknown subject, and his camera.