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A rare find

A rare find
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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: 2004-08-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Minolta Dimage Z1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Emerald Casino Resort Animal Park
Theme(s): Captivity [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-14 10:20
Viewed: 6226
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
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Himalayan Monal Pheasant (Lophophorus impeyanus)

Other Names: Impeyan Pheasant, Impeyan Monal

Range: The Himalayas, from eastern Afghanistan to western China

Subspecies: None recognized at this time, but current studies may place birds in north-western India has a new subspecies as they lack the white rump and have more green on breast.

Habitat: Mountainous regions; in summer, they are found in rocky, grass covered meadows and winters in coniferous and mixed forests.

Description: The males are adorned with beautiful metallic colours of green, purple, red and blue; they also have a large white patch on the rump. The breast and under parts are black and the tail is copper. The male also has a bare patch of turquoise blue skin around the eye. The hens, while much duller than the male, are still attractive. They are basically mottled brown overall, with black, buff and white streaks. Her throat is white and she has a short crest. Hens also have the blue patch around the eyes. First year males resemble the hens, but are larger and have black feathers on the neck and breast.

Status in Wild: Considered stable throughout much of its range, but may have been eliminated in Afghanistan.

Interesting Facts: The national bird of Nepal. Commonly called the Impeyan. (after Lady Impey who first kept them in captivity.)

It was extremely difficult to ID this bird. There are not a lot of resources on the internet available with info on this species. I was also the first time I have seen this interesting bird. I hope you find it fascinating as well.

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Gerhard, Don't think I've ever seen anything as colorful in a large bird before other than a Peacock. The feathers do seem to have a metallic sheen as you say..Great note, thanx. Think I'll have to pass on the pheasant under glass tonight!! ;-)

Wow. That's so colorful. I've never seen a bird like this before. He is really beautiful.
I've done a workshop to improve his colors a bit.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-14 13:20]

Het lijkt wel of the bird is ingeblikt. Van that thin can colours. But even. I really like the shot Gerhard, It's very nice. Erg goed werk Gerhard.

Is it real Gerthard ? ;-)
Very colourful and nice pose.
A great note
Well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-14 14:15]

Bingo, a new one for me too. I will direct Philip to it! Love the colours here. I assume I will have to visit the casino? Nice note too.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-14 14:52]
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wowee, what colours! I've never seen this, thankd for posting. Hope you don't mind me saying that I think he may have been a touch sharper? As usual a great note to accompany this. Well donr Gerhard.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-14 15:31]

Impresionante colorido de esta casi desconocido ave.
La nitidez o agudeza de esta captura no es la mejor, pero bien vale la pena por el espécimen mostrado.
Bien hecho.
PS: gracias por tu calificacion del Ricinus, pero opté por eliminar la imagen al no solucionarse el problema y no poder publicar su version LP.

Impressive colorful of this almost stranger bird.
The clearness or sharpness of this capture is not the best one, but it is worth the trouble by the shown specimen well.
Well done.
PS: thanks for your rate of the Ricinus, but I chose to eliminate the image when not being solved the problem and not being able to publish its version LP.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-14 16:05]

Pragtig. I find it difficult to get constant good results regarding sharpness on shiny guys like these, but you have succeeded in my books. I see that both males and females have the blue patches around the eyes, must be a mariage made in heaven. Thanks for showing me this guy, he is new to me.

I've never seen this animals. Looks very colorful. Wonderful capture, Gerhard.

Well done.

I'm not so sure you *can* sharpen your way out of this entirely, as it seems you've placed the focus a bit behind him - the branches behind him look sharper.
He looks a bit bleary-eyed, and he's missing most of the green tuft on his head, but his colours are gorgeous.
I've seen one of these back in April, at the Walsrode Vogelpark in Germany. You've captured his colours well, but I don't think any photo could quite bring across the play of light and shadow on these irridescent feathers.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-09-14 18:21]

What a colourful creature thanks for sharing. Great note too.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-14 18:30]

A very interesting and unusual bird.
Nicely captured and the colours are wonderful.
A great note too.
Very well done.

He looks as a Pavo Real. Beautiful.

Unbelievable metallic colours! I would love to see one of these guys in real live. The blue around the eyes looks like the eyes of our Guineafowl. Very interesting!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-09 18:29]

Hi Gerhard, just checking out your Himalayan Monal Pheasant. They are beautiful birds, aren't they?
Been checking your first photos too. I think we can all say the TN has been a great help for us and our photographing skills. Still got a long way to go, but I am very thankful for the honest critiques and suggestions that I have received from many TN members. You too, thank you my friend,
Kia ora

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