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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma AF 300mm f2.8 HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-29 4:12
Viewed: 3415
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Pheasant
(Phasianus colchicus)

It is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds.
The adult pheasant is 50-90 cm in length with a long tail, often accounting for half the total length. The male (or cock) 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 polygamous, mating with more than one female; they 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 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.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-29 4:18]

Wxcellent shot, Andrea!
That fact i love the most from this image is the perspective. You really managed to give it a great 3D look with the distant pheasant capture. Very well done.
Otherwise good POV and DOF, nice composition and colors.
Bravo and TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-29 5:01]

Hi Andrea,

Great shot,I have seen them as well last week but did not manage to photograph them,well captured and composed,


Hi Andrea,
it's a very nice picture with one Pheasant sharp in the FG and one unsharp in BG, it make a nice deep in the picture.
Lovely colours, well composed and nice POV.
Beautiful work.

A really candid shot of this beautiful pheasant in the natural habitat, Andrea.
Well done and TFS.

Simpatica foto Andrea, bello, anche, il fagiano, sfocato, in secondo piano!

Allora.... chiuso le valigie?..... ricordati la fotocamera!
Buona luce.

what a beautiful shot, andrea! :-)
pheasants are so colorful birds.
excellent composition and 3D-effect with the second one
in the bg mirroring the one in front, superb low pov and good strong colors.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-07-29 6:46]

Hi Andrea,
Great capture, very nice POV and great colours.

Hi Andrea,
I like this compo and the DOF. Good sharpness and colors. I guess that was not a sunny day or it was late in the day. Well done with those nice birds. TFS,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-30 5:14]

Hi Andrea
Well seen and captured. Good POV, colours and light. Also good note.
Well done mf


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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-30 13:55]

Hi Andrea,

You've caught these very shy birds good - great colours!


bel contrasto di colori.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-22 14:29]

This is great I love the composition with the two pheasants in the long grass. Wonderful colours and a lovely subject

Bello lo sfuocato ed i colori 'attuali' (molto autunnali) di questo scatto 'campestre'.
Bestie stupende !
Mi capitato pi volte di vederli. Corrono come lepri !
Nemmeno il NUOVO IS (4 stop) di CANON riuscirebbe a fermarli !!!


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