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Species: P. colchicus
Binomial name: Phasianus colchicus(Linnaeus, 1758)
The Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), otherwise known as the Ring-necked Pheasant or Chinese Pheasant is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. They are native to Asia but have been widely introduced elsewhere, often as a game bird. The specific epithet, colchicus, refers to Colchis, a region in the Caucasus.
The adult pheasant is 50-90 cm in length with a long tail, often accounting for half the total length. The male (cock or rooster) has barred bright brown plumage and green, purple and white markings, often including a white ring around the neck, and the head is green with distinctive red patches. This bird is also called the Common or English Pheasant, or just Pheasant. The males are polygynous and are often accompanied by a harem of several females.
The nominate race P. c. colchicus lacks a white neck ring. This is however shown by the race Ring-necked Pheasant, P. c. torquatus which after several failed attempts was successfully introduced to the United States in 1881. The sub-species epithet torquatus means "collared.
The female (hen) is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage all over, similar to that of the partridge. The birds are found on wooded land and scrub. They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but roost in trees at night. They nest on the ground, producing a clutch of around ten eggs over a two-three week period in April to June. The incubation period is about 23-26 days. The chicks stay near the hen for several weeks after hatching but grow quickly, resembling adults by only 15 weeks of age.
While pheasants are able short-distance fliers, they prefer to run: but if startled they can suddenly burst upwards at great speed, with a distinctive "whirring" wing sound. Their flight speed is only 27 to 38 mph when cruising but when chased they can fly up to 60 mph.
For this picture i used a monopod
Focal lenght 450mm
I hope you like it
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- [2007-06-30 21:50]
great color but focus is soft. nice impressionistic feel to the photo though
- [2007-07-01 0:49]
Misschien een gewone fazant,maar hij staat er goed gecomposeerd op tussen het groen,misschien had de focus ietwat scherper gekun,maar neem aan dat je op een aardige afstand bevond en de foto aardig hebt moeten croppen,groetjes,
Rich and wonderful colours in your photo. An interesting photo but a bit blurred and the bg is lined. However, considering it was a windy day good job,
Its grainy but the movement in the tail with the grass is beautiful, it is very artistic.
- [2007-07-01 5:31]
Leuke pose met de staart omhoog. Ondanks de wind heb je hem toch nog goed kunnen vastleggen.