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Male Lady Amherst

Male Lady Amherst
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-09 6:07
Viewed: 4733
Points: 48
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Male Lady Amherst Pheasant

This is a male Lady Amherst Pheasant living in the aviary at Twin Lakes in Coatesville, Auckland. It isnít overly sharp, but I captured it through the wire mesh of the cage it was in. Iím sorry about the background, but hey, it is in an aviary.

These birds are native to parts of Tibet, China, Burma and the northern Shan States. They live at high altitudes and are very resistant to both cold and damp.

Their body length can be up to 50 inches including tail feathers. The tail is long and ornate and is arched or "vaulted" into an inverted V-shape in cross section. Their legs are clean and may be spurred.

Lady Amherst pheasants are among the showiest of all birds. The males are the ones with the fine feathers; their mates are very drab. When European naturalists saw paintings of these "flower" pheasants, they thought they could not be real birds!

They are closely related to the golden pheasant and interbreed with them, so pure examples are now rare.

Pretty, isnít it? So if it is a male, shouldnít it be called a Lord Amherst Pheasant??

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Hi Janice,
you have captured a beautiful bird.
The pattern and colours are lovely. Good POB and details.
Maybe some whites are slightly OE but thats a minor nit.
Well done, my friend.

Now is nice to be back, the spring has arrived and it's sunny and quite warm +20, but it's pity the spring will be short.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-09 6:54]

Hi Janice!
Well, well, well... Strange day on TN ;-) Maybe this 'lady' is transvestite :-) ? Anyway - very interesting note [although without Maori words :-(]. Picture is very nice, I like colours and especially its only black/white eye. Very good job my friend!

Hi Janice, excellent details, it looks though its a painting, excllent work, TFS Kyle

Hi Janice!
Nice shot of this very beautiful and "flowery" bird :)
Well done and TFS mf!

Great portrair of this pheasant head Jenice.
Incredible colors and details.
Love the light in the birds plumage.

Hello Janice,
Superb profile... great portrait!
I like the details in the bird, both as it is and the way you capture them... and the red hat adds an important touch of colour!
Pablo -

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-09 19:18]
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Hi Janice
Very well captured shot of this guy (male/lady/lord) whatever it may be. As you mentioned, it is a pity about the BG, but at least it proves you did not fiddle with it. Thumbs up for having the conviction and the courage to post it Ďas isí.
The composition/cropping are good, the colours are excellent, and the details are superb. You also done very well with the lighting/exposure on this predominantly black & white bird and managed the contrast exceptionally well.
Great work and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-09 21:43]

Hello Janice,
If it were not for the fact that I know that we live on opposite side of the globe, I would have sworn that we have been taking pictures at the same place. The little zoo/aviary where I took my pheasant pictures also had a Lady Amherst, but unfortunately I did not get a chance to photograph him. So I am glad that you did.
Very nice shot with fine details, great colors, and a fantastic POV.
TFS. : )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-10 6:14]

Hi Janice,
Sure itís very pretty , and your model gave you a profile shot;)
Wide opened suprised looking eye is a good capture I thinkÖ
Very well done and TFS:)
Kia ora

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-05-10 13:11]

Hi Janice,
Whow what a capture,sharpness, colours and POV, great.

Hi Janice

Nice capture of this very pretty Pheasant. You have done well through the wires of the cage. Isn't the aviary at Twin Lakes great. He is obviously a Pheasant fan! Nice work. Thanks.

Great portrait! Ciao Janice. I like the stunning colours and details.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-10 18:47]

Hi Janice,
great shot, wonderful sharp details, and detaileds this fellow is, quite some plumage. Wonderful POV and great colors.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-05-10 19:51]

Surprising bird for me. Thank you for this presentation of an unknowned bird here. This is why TN exist. And you are a great contributor from NZ.

I am fascinated by the colors and the details. Un great shot. Again, TFS, Janice.


The feather colors and patterns almost give the viewer the impression that this bird is cover with protective chain mail. You have displayed this bird elegantly Janice. Well done. :)

Hi Janice,
An excellent job under less than ideal conditions. What I like about portrait shots like this, is the intricate detail that mother nature gives to many creatures. You really have to get close to appreicate it.
This guy has it all! Beautiful colors, intricate detailed plumage, and a regal air about him. Nice work here.

Hello Janice,

Wondeful close-up of this pheasant! Great details and excellent focus! Excellent pov and composition. The only drawback in my opinion is that we can see the bars of the cage in the bg.



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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-05-13 2:24]

Hello Janice,
Very good portrait,
Great colours, good details and composition
Very Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-05-13 5:22]

Hello Janice,

How are you doing? This is a nice portrait. Sharp details, good POV and nicely exposed. Well done & TFS!


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-05-14 11:15]

wonderful photo, good coloures and brightnes.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-15 20:26]

Hi Janice.
Great portrait, very nice colors and details, beautiful close up.


Hello Janice,
These fellows really look amazing! A bit like chickens on a fancy-dress ball ;-)
The picture is very good technically and has great POV.

Hi Janice,
Very nice portrait.
Very good detail, sharp, light, POV and DOF.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Hi janice,
Great capture. The fence element is not very distracting here. On the contrary it is giving a good light and shadow game.
Well done. Focus is excellent. Colourful bird.

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