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Male Pheasant

Male Pheasant
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 11:09
Viewed: 3788
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The feathers on a male pheasant are beautiful. I especially like the red feathers around the eye. I will post a crop of this photo as a workshop so you can see these feathers in more detail.

From RSPB:
Latin name
Phasianus colchicus

Partridges, quails, pheasants and allies (Phasianidae)

A large, long-tailed gamebird. Males have rich chestnut, golden-brown and black markings on body and tail, with a dark green head and red face wattling. Females are mottled with paler brown and black.

Where to see them
Across most of the UK, apart from the far north and west of Scotland. Least common in upland and urban. Usually seen in the open countryside near woodland edges, copses and hedgerows.

When to see them
All year round

What they eat
Seeds, grain and shoots.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-21 11:12]

Hi Karen. What a beauty. Such fine detail and rich colours. As you say the red around the eye stands out so well. you have used the light so well . TFS. Nick.. I will have a look at workshop.

Nice colour and detail. These guys always make good subjects.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-21 11:17]

Hi Karan,

What a face!! I have never seen so many gorgeous colors on one bird. And you are right - the red feathers around the eye are spectacular. The workshop is great. I love the partially opened beak. A beautiful close-up portrait.


Lovely colours and great details to the feathers and eye,and fine DOF - just a bit concerned about the damaged beak!! TFS

Hello Karan wonderfull closeup! nice light with good catchlight. Very sharp and detailed nice use of the Stabiliser at 1/100sec. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-21 11:21]

Hi Karan,

A superb portrait,I wonder how did you come this close,the detail and colors in the plumage are great,well done and tfs


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-21 12:34]

Hello Karan,
Very beautiful close-up. Sharpness and details are excellent. The reflection of the photographer(?) in the eye is fantastic, specially in the WS. Great colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-21 12:34]

What a beautiful Pheasant!
How did you gt so close?!
Stunning colours and perfect lighting to show them off.
Very sharp especially considering your lowish shutter speed of 1/100! The IS is very handy for these conditions!
Great composition and POV.
That beak looks a bit odd!

Cheers Karan,

Ciao Karan,
che magnifici colori!
Un primo piano veramente ben realizzato. L'occhio del fagiano è davvero "magnetico".

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-21 13:47]

Hola Karan,
precioso colores y tonos...
realmente las combinaciones color plumaje no tienen fin,
excelente captura,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-21 14:20]

Hola Karen.
Una foto de exelentes colores y alta nitidez.
Finos detalles a la vista. Muy buena nota escrita.
Saludos Karen.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-21 14:49]

Hi Karan,

Very impressive macro, with nice vivid colours, beautiful light in the eye and good details. Well done!


Hi Karan,
Amazing portrait!
It's so enjoyable the lots of colours got here, like a whole rainbow.
Very good the exposure settings, focus and sharp details got.
You did it great with DOF and blurred background to focus all the attention on the bird's head.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
Best regards,

hello Male Pheasant

excellent portrait shot of the male Pheasant, lovely colorful bird,
excellent POV and excellent details of the plumage, TFS


Hello friend Karan,
This is a real fine close up of Pheasant!
best DOF to achieve the best result of sharpness, awesome colouration and details!
a wonderful and pleasing presentation
many thanks for sharing
have a wonderful weekend, Karan!

This image would have made some old hippie person back in the 60's have a real long trip:-) I say that i jest and in the same as my reply to you from your comments on post...A lovely bird...Kind of reminds me of Yellow Submarine!...as in we all live in a...

Good colors and well composed, Karan.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-21 20:06]

That is a sharp picture, Karan, and what colours! It is beautiful and fantastic. This portrait is great because we see the essential and more would be too much! Great colours, great exposure, I love the "portrait" like picture for this bird. We usually see it whole with its tail. And I am impressed by the workshop, how sharp is this picture, we see all the details, everything and even you! Thank you!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-21 22:46]

Hi Karan

Good close-up - really nice detail and colour.


Hello Karan,
A fine portrait of a lovely bird!
Colour palette is outstanding and well reproduced, fine portrait quality and a fun reflection in his eye...
Pablo -

Hello Karan,

Beautiful portrait of this pheasant. Great sharpness. The colours are superb!

Ciao Karan, splendid portrait with superb colors, great shrpness and wonderful details, brava, ciao Silvio

Hello Karan,

Wonderful mugshot in superb sharpness and details. The contrasting colors are so brilliant and the eye is so amazing from here. Well done and best regards,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-22 9:36]

Hi Karan.
What a cute model you have pictured. I am amazed with its colourfulness and unusualness. Perfect portrait work with great rich colour palette, sharpness and of the bird and beautifulness of the BG. Perfect job and Bravo.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-22 10:21]

Hi Karan,
Excellent detail, what a great portrait! I agree about their colourful markings, they are striking looking birds. Perfect sharp focus and DOF, well done as ever!

Woww Karan,
splendid cloesup of this beautifull specimen of pheasant
colours are outstanding, perfect focus and lovely background
very very well done,

Hallo Karan
A beautiful arrangement of colours and that all on one bird. This is really amazing. It is like a painter's palette containing all the colours of the rainbow and more. A real fascinating face. I agree that the red feathers around the eye are dazzling, and the yellow of the eye emphasise the red plumage much more. I love the partially opened beak, and the catch light in the eye. A beautiful close-up and really stunning portrait.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

Hola Karan.
Increíble paleta de colores las que tiene este faisán en su cara.
Buen retrato y buenos detalles.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hello Karan!
What a beautiful and very colourful picture! I like a lot this portrait! Good sharpness, details and DOF too.
Best greetings from Poland,

Hi Karan,
Are those birds have this kind of beak or it is special here? The superior part of its beak looks strange to me... We do have them now in my country, not in my region but in some other places where they escaped from captivity. This is a sharp portrait, well composed and exposed. Thanks!

Hey Karan,
Beautiful bird, beautiful colors, great capture.


Mario from Canada.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-28 23:43]

Hi Karan,
What a colorful portrait! He has a charming plumage. Good POV, composition and details. TFS

Hi karan,
What happened to his bill. it looks like its a retired male. It is actually funny to know that this bird looks so normal to the British country side, while it is atually not native.
The photo is wonderful, with great details and wonderful colors. I like the soft BG and that we can see you in his eyes.

Hello Karan,
Great POV, sharpness & details with excellent colors. TFS.

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