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Himalayan Monal

Himalayan Monal
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points (chapter 5), Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-22 3:38
Viewed: 10581
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Himalayan Monal Pheasant (Male)
Lophophorus impejanus

See female monal here.

Other Names: Impeyan Pheasant, Impeyan Monal

It is the national bird of Nepal, where it is known as the Danfe.

Range: The Himalayas, from eastern Afghanistan to western China

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 colors of green, purple, red and blue; they also have a large white patch on the rump. The breast and underparts are black and the tail is copper. You can see from the photograph on the right, that the males also have a very long crest, much like a peacock. 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.

Breeding Season: Begins late April

Breeding Age: Second year.

Clutch Size: 4 to 6

Incubation Period: 28 days

This photo was taken in a small zoo that had a collection of exotic pheasants.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-22 3:56]

Hello Manyee!
Amazing portrait.Vivid colors,crisp clear details and eyes,proud expression on face,simple BG and composition are

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-04-22 4:00]

Hello Manyee,
Whow what an portrait, sharp and so colourfull, you are sure this bird is real.
(haha). Congratulations with this capture.

Hi Manyee

A great shot that is well composed, with good clarity, depth of colour and sharpness. Detail is spot on. A big tick for this shot! :-)

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-22 4:15]

Hi Manyee,

The colours of this bird are impressing. The pose of this bird is really remarkeble.
I like it a lot.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-04-22 4:47]

Hello Manyee, good shot, what a colourful bird. The portrait is a good one and a nice catchlight in the eye. Perhaps it could dod with a little more USM? Well done.

I find it quite staggering the range of colours that male pheasants have. You have captured the portrait of this male pheasant superbly. I love the colours and the sheen and it is so clear here.

well done and TFS

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-22 5:40]

Hi Manyee,
Wonderful shot, excellent detail and what amazing colours! Very nice portrait with good DOF, nice work.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-04-22 6:50]

Hi Maynee,
The colours in this shot are absolutely fabulous. Congratulations for a very fine capture.

This is a great portrait, Excellent colors and details perfect POV and DOF, perfect capture and franing. TFS Kyle

Hi Manyee,
Great portrait. What an amazing set of colours...reminds me of a rainbow. You have gained good seperation of the bird from the background. Great sharpness and exposure.

Hi ManYee,
Dazzling color, perfect exposure and nice details..
Great BG and comp. as well. Beautiful bird..Beautiful profile!
Great shot mf.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-22 11:43]

Hello Manyee,
those colors are outstanding you captured the metallic look of this bird so well. Details are sharp with a very nice POV. Lovely portrait.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-04-22 12:48]

Hi manyee, what a fantastic bird. Excelent colours nad POV. very good notice ant TFS

Hello Manyee,
beautiful portrait with phantastic colours, very impressive pose.
Depth of field seems to be rather limited here which is fine as the fall off in sharpness around the neck and the head adds to the character of a painting. Details of feathers are good all over, but at the region of the eye and the beak sharpness could be slighlty increased - selective application of sharpening filter at this small but important region only would be quickly achieved in postwork.
A very fine, even spectacular contribution.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hi Manyee
What colors and tones mother nature uses to create such wonderful creature. I like the way you have shown this bird with "S" type composition.
Goutham R

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-22 18:09]

Hı Manyee
Amazing colourful portrait shot. Great vivid colours, sharpnes, details, BG, and composition.
Well done Manyee


Hi Manyee,
Really beautiful bird, I never see before another one like this. beautiful bird and portrait, the colors are amazing.
thanks for sharing

What great portrait of this Pheasant Manyee.
The colors are incredible and the details superb.
Great POV and composition and I love the framing.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-22 21:45]

Si l'orgueil et la vanité existait chez les oiseaux, celui-ci en serait le porte-étendard par ses châtoyantes couleurs.
Chez eux ce sont les mâles qui sont les plus coquets, allez donc savoit pourquoi!!!

Une présentation très soignée.

Une bonne semaine à toi, ManYee.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-04-22 23:08]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent Pheasant close-up shot.
Great pov,colors,sharpness,focus,dof,blurred bg,frame and note.TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-04-23 2:27]

Hi Manyee, what a brilliant Pheasant, it's head and bead remind me of a Peahen. It has amazing colours, so many irridescent tones. Good shot, nice and sharp too. Well done,

This is beautiful Manyee,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-04-23 4:31]

Hello manyee magnificent posting wonterful portrait of this so beautiful bird very nice picture good work thanks regards Stavros

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-23 4:37]

Hi ManYee
This is superexcellent!
Super bird, super composition, super cropping, super colours, super saturation, super DOF, super details, super BG, super exposure, super lighting, and super contrast.
Super work and TFS.
PS. I don't hope I've repeated myself excessively, but in case the message did not come through, this is a supercharged, supercool, superfine, superprime, and superior posting.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-24 12:21]

What a pretty and interesting bird that you have well captured ! A great portrait with sperb colors and sharpness. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Manyee and thanks for sharing.

Absolutely gorgeous Manyee! I love the iridescent feather coloring and the side profile shot of this beautiful bird. :)

Hi ManYee,

Great post! I know how hard you worked to get this shot but it paid off in the end. The colors are spectacular and pp very effective ; ) Simply gorgeous!



Great shot. Awesome colours.
Well done.

just amazing, TFS Ori

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