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Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant
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Copyright: Joanna Wieczorek (cafecrem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1201 W: 60 N: 1392] (9248)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus 765UZ
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 50-60 points chapter 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-12 3:31
Viewed: 5200
Points: 57
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) is a gamebird of the order Galliformes (gallinaceous birds) and the family Phasianidae. They are native to western China but have been widely introduced elsewhere, and have established a self-supporting feral population in England.

The adult male is 90-105 cm in length, its tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length. It is unmistakable with its golden crest and rump and bright red body. The deep orange "cape" can be spread in display, appearing as an alternating black and orange fan that covers all of the face except its bright yellow eye, with a pinpoint black pupil.

The female (hen) is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage all over, similar to that of the female Common Pheasant. She is darker and more slender than the hen of that species, with a proportionately longer tail (half her 60-80 cm length).

Despite the male's showy appearance, these birds are very difficult to see in their natural habitat, which is dense, dark young conifer forests with sparse undergrowth. Consequently, little is known of their behaviour in the wild.

They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but roost in trees at night. Whilst they can fly, they prefer to run: but if startled they can suddenly burst upwards at great speed, with a distinctive wing sound.

The male has a metallic call in the breeding season.

Golden Pheasant is often seen in captivity, but often as impure specimens that have, at one point in the lineage, been crossed with the similar Lady Amherst's Pheasant. The picture at right shows subtle signs of a hybrid in the dark face, and in the yellow extending into what should be a pure dark red flank (where in the Amherst, the white flank would meet the green breast feathers in this area).

honza, red45, dew77, ErEs2, Janice, petrudamsa, wallhalla15, TAZ, scottevers7, marhowie, Dave, Evelynn, liquidsunshine, peter_stoeckl, gelor, saguzar has marked this note useful
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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-01-12 3:40]

Nice colorful bird Joanna. Very good sharpness and beautiful colors. TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-12 3:51]

Living rainbow! I always love to watch pheasant, even more than peacocks. Beautifull portrait - so colorfull and detailed.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-12 3:59]

Hello Joanna!
Wonderful portrait.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.I liked vivid colors,framing,eyes and composition a lot.Excellent work!

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  • ErEs2 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 15] (582)
  • [2006-01-12 4:25]

takie kolory w srodku zimy to prawdziwa przyjemnosc :) bardzo ladny portret, swietna ostrosc i odwzorowanie szczegolow i barw :)

Joana, fantastic again. What a colorful male. Pose like model from some exibition.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-12 4:37]

I love these beautiful birds Joanna, and you show him well. Good POV, and the colours and sharpness are great.
Well shown, and it is good to see these Zoo animals from you.

Hi Joanna,
excellent capture of Pheasant, very sharp and detailed, nice colour.
Well done and TFS!

You sure love colours Joanna. (and winter doesn't help you on this matter)
Fine yet sharp and well composed portrait of this spectacular bird.

Regards, Petru

Joanna, that is my favourite pheasant!
Fantastic colours, great sharpness,detail and POV. Nice bg too. Maybe, it could be a little be lighten. This is an excellent composition. I am happy about your excellent note. Thanks for posting my dear.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-12 7:20]

Nice to see again beautiful photos made by Joanna ;-) It is an impressive bird ! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Joanna,
WOW! what a great portrait on this Golden Pheasant! The colors are very vivid and beautiful. Detail is very sharp. Flawless composition and framing here. Extremely well done!

Excellent Joanna.
What a wonderfully colored bird you have so well captured! Very good detail, sharpness and vivid colors. I like this, and Very well done.
Thank You!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-12 9:34]

Crazy looking bird. Nice pic, you manadegd the balance colour and contrast very well. And nice and sharp. Well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-12 9:51]

Well caught Joanna, this is an amazing shot. Sharpness and colors are perfect. A splendid bird!! TFS Didier.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-12 11:59]

A most excellent portrait! Very nice!
Incredibly interesting and beautifully colored bird you have well captured.

A winner on technical and artistic grounds as well as informative note. Personally I think the lighting and saturation is great. What a shot!

Extremely nice sharp detail in this golden pheasant with very nice closeup composition. :)

Hi Joanna,
this bird has a very good hairdresser - do you know the adress? ;-)
Wow, those colours are marvelous, I also love to see this bird so close - excellent work, thank you very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Good 
  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-01-12 15:48]

Great colour and good detail. Would have preferred a lower POV to provide an eye-to-eye connection on the same level with the viewer. The viewpoint from above is less intimate.
Still a very good capture, well done!

Lovely capture Joanna,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. Composition and exposure are spot on. Good framing and POV. I still have never seen a golden pheasant, they must be hiding somewhere!
Thanks for posting, Enjoy the rest of the week.

Very impressive, artistic close up portrait. Perfect pose. Thank you! Congratulations,

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-01-13 2:26]

Hej Joanno,
piękny portret pięknego ptaka. Bdb jako¶ć, super kolory. Dobra robota.
Pozdr. Al.

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-14 1:07]

Amazing colors on his plumage, Joanna.
Such a close-up with sharp details and great POV.
Congratulations and TFS. : )

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-16 3:41]

Niesamowity portret!
Cudowne oczy i piekna grzywka.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-01-17 7:26]

Bonjour Joanna,
Superbe portrait pour ce faisan doré. A sa place, je mettrai ce portrait dans mon royaume, bien visible, et je ne douterai pas d'une invasion de femelles ! Superbes couleurs, superbe netteté et cadrage parfait... Il faut conseiller ŕ cet animal d'avoir un regard moins sévčre. Félicitations. Gérard

Hi Joanna,
good first plane of this pheasant head. very good details of feathers ans eye. Nice colours.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-02-20 14:40]

Hi Joanna,

Incredible sharp and colorful this bird. I like the way you framed this picture. Just good!
Thanks for sharing.



Hello Joanna,
Wonderful portrait. Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.


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