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Palawan Peacock-pheasant

Palawan Peacock-pheasant
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things III, Goldys' Personal Favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-24 8:00
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The Palawan Peacock-pheasant, Polyplectron napoleonis, also known as the Napoleon Peacock-pheasant, is a medium-sized (up to 50 cm long) bird in the family Phasianidae. It was long known as Polyplectron emphanum (Dickinson 2001).

The male is the handsomest and most peacock-like member of the genus Polyplectron. It has an erectile crest, a white stripe over the eyes and highly iridescent metallic green and black plumage. The tail feathers are decorated with large blue-green ocelli, which may be spread fanlike in courtship displays. The female is smaller than the male. It has a dark brown plumage with a short crest and is whitish on the throat, cheeks and eyebrows.

Endemic to the Philippines, the Palawan Peacock-pheasant is found in the humid forests of Palawan Island in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago. The female usually lays up to two eggs.

The Palawan Peacock-pheasant, with its unique male plumage and distant range, represents a basal offshoot of the genus Polyplectron (Kimball et al. 2001).

Due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size and limited range as well as hunting and capture for trade, the Palawan Peacock-pheasant is classified as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix I of CITES.

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TO PETERmarius-secan 1 09-25 06:03
To lousat: coloricobra112 4 09-24 14:55
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Hallo Peter,
another interesting capture, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, splendid POV with a great eye contact in a nice composition
Have a good weekend

Hi Peter,impressive perfection of this metallic blue and a very nice specie too,i'm disocvering a lot of incredible birds in your gallery,all whit beautifull design and colors.Very good quality as usual.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Ciao Peter. Wonderful metallic colours here, exalted by the light. Interesting dephting compo in good contrast.


Wowww.. what a lovely bird with great ambiance.
Super photo.
TFS. Kind regards,


ufff que bonito este pajaro!

Hello Peter, lovely shot of this beautifully coloured Peacock-pheasant from a nice viewpoint with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hallo Peter,

wat heb jij veel foto's in Walsrode genomen zeg en nog mooi ook.
Deze is ook alweer zo prachtig.
Waren er nog zeldzame jongen geboren?
Ze hebben daar ook een kraamkamer.
Is alweer 4 jaar geleden dat ik er geweest ben.
Practige kleuren en detailering heeft je foto ook.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-24 12:16]

Hello Peter,
There was a time when I was against photographing birds or any species in captivity, but your photos are special, not only because of their esthetic and technical quality, but because you give us the opportunity to see fine portraits of species of birds that are rare, special and beautiful, species that we, or most of us, otherwise would not see.
This portrait of a Palawan Peacock-pheasant is a fine example of such a photo.
Thank you very much and have a good weekend,

hallo Peter
Wat is deze mooi
super scherp en leuke pose je ziet zijn achterkant erg goed
zeer mooie kleuren
groetjes lou

Incredible beautiful creature, clearly unknown for me Peter! Great natural colors as well. Thank you for presenting that species.
George Veltchev

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-09-24 14:22]

Hi peter,
What a beautiful bird in very nice colors.great sharpness and fine details.TFS.

A most beautiful bird of paradise....and how sharp it looks under the scrutiny of your lens. Pinpoint. And the color balance as well as contrast are right on the money!

Hi Peter..Very cute bird.. So pretty too.
Wonderful catch with excellent detail and pose.
Great picture and composition..

woww... what a beauty my friend! Incredible work!
Very sharp and you've also done a fine job with exposure.
The colours, pose you've caught here and POV are impressive!
TFS and ahev a nice WE Peter!


Hello Peter friend
Today I had a few of time to TN again. I am glad to see you still exposing superb photos of birds! Good work, this seems painted by hand! A real ornitologic gem and masterfully portrayed.
TFS friend, have a nice weekend!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-09-24 21:21]

Hello Peter,
Amazing image of an amazing bird, quality work Peter, thank you.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-25 0:00]

Hi Peter,
Very interesting bird.Well caught,framed and composed.Have a nice weekend!
Thanks for sharing..

Hello Peter,
A great image of bird, details, light and colors perfect.A beautiful picture. Bravo, regards, Paolo

Hi Peter,
A lovely capture of this beautiful pheasant bird. Beautiful colors. Sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2010-09-25 1:58]

Hi Peter
wonderfull colorc and image
very nice image

Ciao Peter, wonderful bird with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Wow, what a beautiful Pheasant, Peter!
We Indians take great pride in our Monal Pheasant, but this one is more beautiful than a male Monal.
I like the POV from which you show this bird in its most glorious aspect.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter
A well focused phesant. I love the colours and the composition. All the best,

Hello Peter,
Indeed one of the most beautiful and superb coloured PHEASANT
I have ever seen. Exceptional POV and details. Very nice colours
and perfect focus.
Congratulation! Marius.

This is a stunner!
And I have no words to express how beautiful this shot is, Peter!
So, I will just add it to my favs.

Hola Peter

Vaya plumaja más bonito que tiene esta ave y que perfecta configuración del plumaje. Realmente una imagen estupenda, muy bien tratada y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi peter,What a great details and colors.Cogratulations.TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-26 1:43]

Hello Peter,
An amazing apparition, a bird which looks so exotic, even if it is an Peacock species. The allusion to Napoleon is quite funny, looking at the size of the head of this pheasant. Nice composition with the inclusion of some leaves on the right side. It makes the picture look even more colorful.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-09-26 4:30]

Hello Peter,
What a fabulous pheasaant captured in a lovely pose displaying its beautiful feathers! Very fine sharp details and lovely colours. Very nicely framed too!
Many thanks and have a nice day! Ulla

Hola Peter,
una interesante especie donde los colores son protagonista
y los captaste muy bien, con un primer plano además desbordante.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-28 9:54]

Hello Peter.
Excellent capture.Details,sharpness,catchlight in eyes are amazing.I liked POV,BG and
composition also a lot.Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter again
his is also a splendid bird, and soo well taken, great pose, excellent sharpness and beautiful colors, i like also the natural environment
very well done jacqueline

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-02 2:58]

Hello Peter,
such a lovely captre of the pheasant. Exciting blue colours and superb sharpness showing details and patterns on the feathers.
Well presented with beauty and it gives such an enjoyment looking at this special bird.


amazing bird, TFS Ori

Hello Peter

Beautiful photo of this exotic pheasant and its
beautifully colored plumage, fine POV and framing,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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