<< Previous Next >>

Common Pheasant *For Karan*

Common Pheasant *For Karan*
Photo Information
Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-27 9:10
Viewed: 5433
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is dedicated to Karan (Hester) for all her great shots from the BWC.

Today I visited the British Wildlife Centre and met up with a load of members from ePhotozine including Miles Herbert (Captivelight).
I photographed this Common Pheasant there.

I used my new Giottos tripod which I got for Christmas too :-D

I hope you like it!

The Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), is a bird in the pheasant family (Phasianidae). It is native to Asia but has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. In parts of its range, namely in places where none of its relatives occur such as in Europe (where it is naturalized), it is simply known as the "pheasant". It is a well-known gamebird, among those of more than regional importance perhaps the most widespread and ancient one in the whole world.

The Common Pheasant is one of the world's most hunted birds[1]; it has been introduced for that purpose to many regions, and is also common on game farms where it is commercially farmed for this purpose. "Ring-necked Pheasant" is a collective name for a number of subspecies and their crossbreeds. These were commonly used for introduction purposes, and today the Ring-necked Pheasant is the state bird of South Dakota, one of only three US state birds that is not a species native to the United States.

The Green Pheasant (P. versicolor) of Japan is sometimes placed as subspecies within the Common Pheasant. Though the species produce fertile hybrids wherever they coexist, this is simply a typical feature among Galloanseres, in which postzygotic isolating mechanisms are slight compared to most other birds. The species apparently have somewhat different ecological requirements and at least in its typical habitat the Green outcompetes the Common Pheasant; introduction of the present species to Japan has therefore largely failed.


vanderschelden, nglen, valy67, Argus, eng55, pekkavalo1, jrobertop, rousettus, eqshannon, Dis. Ac., Adanac, siggi, hester has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hello Joe,
A good close up and portrait of this Common Pheasant.
Guess the British Wildlife Centre is a great meeting place for TN photogtraphers.
Definitely well composed.

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-27 9:30]

Hi Joe. Looks like you had a good time. A nice dedication to Karan. This is such a colourful bird. You got very close giving you fine detail and colours. A very well focused clear eye. I see this was taken with the !00 -400 lens its still working then.

Well done TFS.

Ciao Joe, superb portrait with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-12-27 10:07]

Hello Joe !
Wow, what a wonderful portrait ! I like everything here - sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV... And the feathers on the Pheasant's breast are splendid, they look a bit like reptile scales, strange but beautiful. I see you managed to use your Chrismas present with great skill, as the picture is wonderful - really a nice dedication to your friend. Very well done !

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-27 10:13]

Superb sharpness, colours and details here Joe!

Even though you had the benefit of the BWC to get close you made a good job of portraying this cock pheasant to show the head and neck in all its glory.

Hi Joe,
the details are wonderful and I like the brilliant colours very much, thanks, I think Karan will like it very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-27 11:29]

A fantastic photo, Joe!
I don't know what you could have done better. The sharpness and details, the patterns in the feathers, they are marvelous. Splendid colours. A perfect composition and pose.
High quality!!

  • Great 
  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-27 12:06]

Hi Joe,
Excellent capture.Framing,vivid colors,clear details and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Joe,
Excellent close-up picture of this Pheasant. You have visited a plece very close to where I live but have never visited. Great POV and composition, sharp fine details and amazing colours.

Hello Joe.
Wonderful shot with impressive details.
Magnificent coloration and luminosity.
The framing and perspecttive are excellent.
Great photographic work!
Josť Roberto

Superb image Joe, and a nice point of view sets this image apart. Good to see you again...


Hello there young fellow

Well Joe ,you have captured amazing plumage detail in this one.
The definition is superb.
Excellent colouration and lighting.
I will be able to say I knew the master when he was young.


Hello Joe
great portrait of colorful Pheasant. I like this species very much and up to now I have seen only cultivated and died ones. Your capture also great with details of plumage and coloration. Nicely composed and framed. Thanks for sharing. have a nice weekend

Jane just said as I click on this image" What's that"? I said it is a pheasant..and she said "Wow! So that's what they look like"..does that say it all or what?

hi Joe,

You're lucky one with such parents.
nice portrait shot of this beautiful coloured bird.


  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-28 2:06]

Hello Joe,
First seasons greetings to you and your family you have brought us many gifts of your superb images this year, I thank you for that. This pheasant portait displays the brilliant plumage markings and colors this species is known for, and displays them magnificently.

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-28 3:39]

Hello Joe,
A beautiful captured portrait of this pheasant. Lovely composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

hello Joe

very sharp and beautiful colours
great picture

greeting lou

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-28 9:43]

Hi Joe

I am honoured to have such a splendid photo dedicated to me. It sounds like you had a lovely day. I almost went to the BWC on Saturday but in the end the fine and frosty morning tempted me out for an early walk in Arundel. The photo is quite apt as I have pheasants all around me on the walk. I do think the are beautiful birds.

You have caught the lovely shapes and colours of the feathers. Great POV and pin sharp.

I was given a voucher for a photo day at the BWC - so later in the year I will be going in with the foxes, otters etc

Thank you :)


Woooooohhhh !
Colors, colors, sharpness .....

Calibration Check