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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: 2007-03-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 16:30
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I am always amazed by the wonderful colours and shapes of the feathers on pheasants. This week I found a pheasant in my garden (despite the fact I have a tiny garden and live within a busy town) so this is my homage to pheasants.

Some information on pheasants from the RSPB website:
Phasianus colchicus
AKA: Common pheasant
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. They were introduced to the UK long ago and more recent introductions have brought in a variety of races and breeds for sport shooting.

Where does it live?

Woodland, copses, thickets and hedgrows. Many birds bred artificially and released for shooting purposes.

Outside the breeding season found in open fields with suitable cover nearby.

Where to see it
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.

What does it eat?
Seeds, grain and shoots.

What does it sound like?
Loud 'kok kok kok...' calls

Extra note: no pheasants were harmed in the taking of this photo! the pheasant was alive and well and moving when I took this picture (and they move pretty quickly).

This is actually not the pheasant in my garden. He flew off. I suspect he was attacted by a metal sculpture of a bird that is in my garden. He was sitting close to it.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-03 16:36]

Hello Karan,
Magnificent capture.Well seen and composed.Sharpness,clear details,lighting and framing are excellent.Have a great weekend!

Very unusual - to take Macro´s of a (hopefully) alive bird.
Wonderful violet colour.
Very nice work, thanks for showing.

Nice lights and colours in this texture shot. You where lucky to fid one of this in you "tiny" garden and be able to get such a close up. Thanks and regards.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-03 18:28]

Fantastic shot Karan, very nice shot with a superb detail, and excellent bright colours.
Thanks for posting

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-03 19:47]

Hello Karan,
Very nice contribution. Pictures showing details of plumage are always extremely interesting and nice to see. Yours have very nice quality and depicts well the shiny, mettalic structural colours on the feathres.
Best greetings,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-03 22:38]
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Hello Karan

A beautiful image of nature's beauty.The detail and texture is very evident.My daughter loved this shot btw.Very good POV and DOF.Did this bird hit a window ? or you just got very close.I have found them under windows ,concussed or dead in the past.A beautiful posting.TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-04 1:50]

Hi Karan.
A very good idea to show the beauty of pheasant feathers. Your picture is very impressive and interesting. Details are really great as well as the colour palette and texture. I welcome your creative approach. My compliments and TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-04 4:00]

Hi Karan,
A really nice suprise! Patterns and colours in feathers are always intricate and very beautiful. The way colours are generated in them is awesome and its physical explanations is amazing too.
Best regards, José M.

Hi Karan ,
nice colours with great sharpness.
light is great too.
thanks and regards

Hi Karan,
How in the .... did you get this close to the pheasant? The colors of the feathers are really beautiful and the sharpness you were able to capture is simply amazing. I really like the DOF since it faded the back of the photo beautifully. Did you use a flash? The shades and reflections are wonderful.

bonjour karan
oui c'est le cas de le dire,excellents details.
toutes ces plumes ont les mêmes couleurs et motifs.
bien vu.

Hello Karan.
Those details are really nice and I like the brilliance, DOF and colors. This texture is very nice too. How ca you get so close to it? I have no pheasant in my garden lol :) Thanks,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-04 7:43]

Hi Hester,
You are lucky to have a pheasant in your garden. You did a great job, showing, like a painting, some details of the feather-patterns and colours. Nature is an artist and you have an artistic eye.
Best regards

Hi Karan,
it's a wonderful shot, these colours are so beautiful and you show us the feathers in perfect sharpness and light. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Karan
Wonderful close-up of the feathers of the pheasant. Nice composition and colours. Great depth of field.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Karan, wonderful macro with and splendid details, like an abstract painting, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-04 15:51]

Hi Karan

This is a splendid and very original capture!
WOW! You are right - these feather realyl have very beautiful and interesing patterns and colros on them...it sometimes takes a picture like this to see that :)
The lighting here is also great and the shallow DOF works terrific, blurring out the edges of the photo nicely.
I also liked reading you very interesing and then funny note ;))

Cheers and TFS

Hi Karan,
Very graphic and creative this proposal!
I like so much the way you managed this composition, to build this strong image.
The texture seen on each sigle feather is so good.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-05 3:15]

Hola Karan,
Hermosa macro,
texturas y colores,
una idea realmente bella,

Hola Karan,
Preciosa la composición, el detalle y color son exclentes. Un cordial saludo

Nice to see the metallic shine om the feathers!


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-07 9:55]

Impressive macro work Karan, considering that the bird is alive. Looks like abstract art. Superb detail and color. Well done. Regards,

It is amazing what close-ups will reveal, and an enlarged presentation will astound us. This is a good example, Tfs, Jay

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-03 7:33]

Hello Hester,
a wonderful idea to get that close. One has to appreciate those wonderful details in the phesants plumage. Lolvey picture full of great colors and textures.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-04-10 15:05]


What a wonderful shot on the male pheasants plumage. The detail you have caught is wonderful.

They are amazingly stupid birds and it is quite strange how they every manage to survive as a species... (We have rather a few male and female ones that live permanately in our garden - one year we even had problems opening doors becuase of their stupidity... they ran towards the open door rather than away from it and serveral times we had to catch them and escort them out of the house!).

Great shot adn TFS

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