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Serving hard time

Serving hard time
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Johannesburg Zoo
Theme(s): Captivity [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-09 4:07
Viewed: 4667
Points: 18
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Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)

The Golden Pheasant has been kept as a captive bird since 1740, although it has been recorded in Chinese tradition and art for centuries. Many people believe that it was the first species of pheasant to be brought to North America. These beautiful birds are native to mountain ranges in central China, and though they are quite common as captive birds, surprisingly little is known about their natural habits. Today, many Golden Pheasants have been crossed with Lady Amherst Pheasants and other pheasants, and it may be difficult to find true purebreds.

In the wild, Golden Pheasants inhabit nearly inaccessible habitats. Filled with dense vegetation, often the wooded mountain ledges and slopes these birds live on are treacherous and rocky. As a result, little is known about their habitats, though it is certain that they share their ranges with other birds. Golden Pheasants are reported to get along well with other game birds and water birds, but, oddly enough, they may not be as compatible with other species of pheasant as they are with other birds. Golden Pheasants tend to be rather secretive. They can fly, but their flight is awkward and these birds are much more graceful on the ground. The courtship rituals of the Golden Pheasant are truly a special sight. The male Golden Pheasant attracts a mate by displaying all his cape, tail, and back feathers at once, in a sort of flattening motion. He will also call to his intended.

The wild type Golden Pheasant is a truly striking bird, although great sexual dimorphism is present. Males are by far the more impressive sex. Female Golden Pheasants are predominantly brown. There are true wild mutations of Golden Pheasants, although a variety of hybrid crosses can be found as well. Pure color mutations arose as early as the late 1800's, and new mutations are still being propagated today. It is almost impossible to determine if the bird is a wild pheasant or a hybrid crossed pheasant.

It is easy to see why the Golden Pheasant is one of the most popular species of pheasant kept in captivity. These active and beautiful birds can make lovely additions to many aviaries and parks. It just a pity to learn that they have been serving hard time since 1740.

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It's seems to me he is in a hurry,
Nice photo Gerhard, Ik hou van die blik in zijn ogen. Mooi man, goede uitstekende note, goed gedaan

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-09 6:23]

Nice capture Gerhard, he really stands out from the background. He looks ready to charge or fight? Nice work and excellent note.

I like pheasants that are a nice golden brown mmmm.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-09 7:18]

Arriesgandote a un minimo de fuera de foco, has logrado un efecto 3D en la imagen.
El cuerpo del ave parece salir de ella... realmente.
Gran colorido y perspectiva.
Nota completisima.

Hazard to a minimum of outside focus, you have obtained an effect 3D in the image.
The body of the bird seems to leave her...really.
Great colorful and perspective.
Note very complete too.

Nice Gerhard.
Good capture of the very colourful bird.
Good note.
Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-09 11:54]

Belle capture de cet oiseau qui semble fier ou prêt à charger .
Well done !

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-09 16:14]

A nice capture.
Lovely colours and detail,the bird really stands out against the background.
A great note too,as always.

Very good catch, Gerhard. The colorful patterns on the Golden Pheasant's plumage are well captured with good definition, and for sure you have a non-intrusive background here that makes your main subject stand out even better. Love the eye and the pose of the head.

Very beautiful bird, good shot!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-12 14:08]
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Beautiful capture of this inmate. The colors are portrait vey well against the bacground. There seems to be some clone marks on the left of the cones - I usually break out in cold sweat when I have to clone on textures like that. Groetnis

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