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All Dressed Up Now to Find the Ladies

All Dressed Up Now to Find the Ladies
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-09 16:22
Viewed: 3231
Points: 40
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A few days ago I captured this cock Ring-necked Pheasant all decked out in his brightest mating plummage. He was crowing and flapping his wings trying his darnedest to find a lady.

Ring-necked Pheasant
Phasianus colchicus Order GALLIFORMES - Family PHASIANIDAE - Subfamily Phasianinae
The Ring-necked Pheasant was introduced into North America from Asia and is established over much of the continent, especially in agricultural lands. It is a distinctive and colorful species and is a popular game bird.

Cool Facts

In very bad weather, pheasants are known to stay on a roost for several days without eating.

Pheasants practice "harem-defense polygyny" where one male keeps other males away from a small group of females during the breeding season.

Across the native range, about 34 races of the species are recognized. The Green Pheasant race is sometimes considered a different species. Multiple introductions of different races have been made in North America.

topSize: 50-70 cm (20-28 in)
Wingspan: 56-86 cm (22-34 in)
Weight: 500-3000 g (17.65-105.9 ounces)

Medium to large chicken-like bird.
Long tail, often held cocked up at an angle.
Wings rather long and rounded in flight.

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Hi Rick,
now that is a colourful fellow and I like his pose.This photo really shows well the variety of his plumage and the only other bird I have photoed as colourful is the male wood duck.looking as he does I think he will find a hen in no time.I have stumbled on these birds and have been startled by them to the point of nearly shaking as when they take off they really are very loud when not expecting them.A beautiful bird and thank you for giving us this view. Bob

Hi Rick,
An amazing and colorful bird!
And you captured it making honnor to all of its feather's vivbrant colours.
I like the pose with the turned head that let us admire it at its best.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Interesting how colourful and brave they are when they are "out of season" so to speak. I have NOT seen one sol well coloured since back in Ohio...Very nicely done Rick...it is warming now here and I wish the same for you!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-09 18:46]

Hi Rick. He is going to find a beautiful Lady very soon, make love and have a lot of kids. Thats the way life is.
Just beautiful Photo.
Saludos Rick.

Very handsome male Ring-necked Pheasant, Rick.
Shot from the rear, it presents its lovely mating plumage to our great benefit.
Very well controlled shot.
Wish that barbed wire on top could have been avoided.
Never mind; it is a winner alright.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-09 21:13]

Definitely at his finest, Rick.
What a gorgeous display.
Amazing details and just beautiful colors.
A great POV to show off the patterns in his feathers.
The barbed wire is a bit distracting.
TFS. : )

Hi Rick,

Impressive looking fellow and well captured, wonderful colours, excellent detail, well framed and composed, I might have cloned out the barbed wire, (a bit of a distraction) but other then that mate really nice work,

All the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-09 22:45]

Hi Rob

A great shot - good composition and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured. The pheasants have started do 'do their stuff' here too - very noisy!


Bella immagine di fagiano, ottimo POV e molto bella la composizione che mostra la sorpresa e la difficoltà sulla via della fuga, ottimi i dettagli e belli i colori tenui.
Graziee complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Rick,

Good pose and composition, good sharpness of details and nice colours.



Hello Rick,
What a fine looking beau have you captured here. He sure looks handsome.:)
Excellent sharpness and details. nice pose captured.
Good colours and contrasts.
Thanks for the share,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-10 4:07]

Hi Rick,
so much color after the grey winter colors, there is no doubt the ladies will spot him soon ;-).
Lovely shot, yo captured excellent detail in that plumage and the colors are great.
Nice work.

hello Rick

great shot of a wonderful bird, fine POV and vertical framing,
excellent DOF, wonderful details of the plumage, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-10 9:09]

Hi Rick,

He certainly is dressed up in all his finery. It shouldn't take him long to find his lady. The colors of his face and head are amazing. I love his plummage with the lovely patterns and earth tone colors. The background shows him off well but the wire is a bit distracting.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-04-10 12:38]

Ola Rick
Bela foto deste lindo passaro, as cores de sua plumagem na cabeça são bem chamativas, gostei da pose da ave na foto ficou bem criativo, a nitidez esta boa e o contraste e luminosidade otimos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-10 12:42]

Hi Rick. As you say he is a very smart looking bird .They have some beautiful markings ibnthe featherswhich you have captured so well. with bright natural colours. well done TFS.

What a fine image of this Pheasant, Rick!
That is some amazing plumage!
Superb composition and POV.
Great colours and sharpness.
It seems a bit washed out and the barbed wire is a bit distracting so I did a WS... I hope you don't mind!
Very nice work nevertheless.
Well done,

Hi Rick, great to see the pheasant, they have a pretty rough life, most are used for target shooting!!

Good shot though (no pun intended) details to the colours and wing markings, excellent. regards h

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-10 19:32]

Hi Rick,
Excellent shot of this colourful and gorgeous looking Pheasant with amazing colours and details on its plumage. He sits nicely among those long dried grasses and I like the way it looks over his shoulder at you. The ladies definitely will get bowled over, I envy him. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-14 19:51]

Hello Rick

What a super capture of this beautiful bird.
The colours are wonderful.
Sharp focus and detail.
The POV and DOF are very good.


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