By surprised I mean screeching,, tossing tea all over myself and terrifying an innocent pheasant!
The pheasant's immediate reaction was to panic and flutter into the side of the house. Now what do I do!?!
Run inside and grab the camera! I know, it sounds hard-hearted but by now the pheasant was much calmer and obviously unhurt. He graciously posed for a few photographs before flying up over the rooftop and into the allotments.
It's amazing how close we are to nature's wild creatures and we don't even know they are there.