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Stop Chasing Me!

Stop Chasing Me!
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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: 2008-03-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-18 17:32
Viewed: 3024
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Greetings to you, my friends old and new!
It's been a while since I last posted a shot.
I guess I was taking a kind of sabbatical.
At times, Life... interferes with the pursuit of... pleasure.
Anyway I wanted to pop in today,
to mark my third anniversary on TN.
Three years of great photos, great friendships...
and a lot of learning... about nature and photography...
and many other things.
To all of you, I am greatly indebted, and I thank you.

I told my husband that I HAD to get a fresh shot for this occasion.
We went to the duck pond, but there was nothing interesting there.
I gave up and we started to drive out of the baylands,
when this pheasant scurried across the road in front of our car.
I literally jumped out of the moving car... to my husband's great consternation...
in pursuit of my last chance for a photo op.
I ran after this hapless pheasant for a few strides,
and took this picture haphazardly before he went into hiding in a bush.
Causing stress to my animal subjects is usually against my code of conduct as a nature photographer, but I guess I was a bit rusty.
I got a taste of the thrill of "search and shoot (with a camera)" anew,
so hopefully I will be inspired and will be back posting very soon.
The imminent arrival of spring will probably help in the matter!
Happy Spring to you all!

Ring-necked Pheasant
Phasianus colchicus

Faisan de Colchide (French)
Faisán vulgar, Faisán de collar (Spanish)
Common Pheasant (English)

The Ring-necked Pheasant was introduced into North America from Asia and is established over much of the continent, especially in agricultural lands. It is a distinctive and colorful species and is a popular game bird.

Medium to large chicken-like bird.
Long tail, often held cocked up at an angle.
Wings rather long and rounded in flight.
Size: 50-70 cm (20-28 in)
Wingspan: 56-86 cm (22-34 in)
Weight: 500-3000 g (17.65-105.9 ounces)
Sex Differences

Male brightly colored, female smaller and cryptically colored.

Male crows with a loud, harsh "koork-KOK."

Conservation Status:
Populations declining, probably because of changes in farming practices.

Cool Facts:
In very bad weather, pheasants are known to stay on a roost for several days without eating.
Pheasants practice "harem-defense polygyny" where one male keeps other males away from a small group of females during the breeding season.
Across the native range, about 34 races of the species are recognized. The Green Pheasant race is sometimes considered a different species. Multiple introductions of different races have been made in North America.


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Well, Howdy Stranger!

It is nice to have you back. I bet that is the same pheasant that I got a few shots of there at the Baylands! He doesn't bolt as fast as most pheasants do it seems. I like the point of view showing the curvy tail and the beautiful feather patterns. It looks like you had nice sunshine to show the iridescence of the colors. Congratulations on your third anniversary. I'm sure you have been missed by a lot of your TN friends.

Evelynn : )

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-03-18 19:32]

Very beautiful photo of the Ringnecked Pheasant. Very sharp and detailed with very vivid colours.
When I was a kid we had these birds all around the countryside in which I grew up.
We experienced some extremely hard winters which has all but eliminated this grand old bird. Your photo brings back many wonderful memories of those days.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photo.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-03-18 21:12]
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Hi ManYee

I am sure there will be plenty of critiquers to tell you that it is high time we see a posting from you again so I will refrain from doing it. I am also convinced that many will call you 'stranger' so I won't do that either. Then there will be those that will tell you that they sincerely missed you (and they would mean it), but that I have already done (and meant it). Something else I am sure they will say is CONGRATULATIONS on your 3rd anniversary, and that I will echo in chorus. So, here is the echo: "CONGRATULATIONS on your 3rd anniversary". May you still provide pleasure and companionship to this site and its members for many years to come.

You might have been a little rusty in your stalking technique, but definitely not in your photographic technique. The old skill and ability sure kicked in the moment you picked up the trusted S3 and the result is plain to see. A lovely POF to show that flashy tail and the iridescent colours on the pheasant's back. I like the 'over the shoulder' look (almost in disgrace) it gave you while it skedaddled. The only small nit (and as a nature photographer you cannot tell me more about the disgust one experience when this happens) is the unwanted and uninvited twigs that had to untimely jump in the way between the lens and the subject. There should be a universal law against those unruly and out-of-control twigs, grasses, branches, leaves, etc. that always appears at the most impossible moments (chuckle).

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-03-18 22:10]

Hi Manyee, I've never seen one of these guys so close before. Good for you, for your quick actions. You've caught amazing detail on this guy with beautiful iridescent colour. I like the slight blur seen in the tail. You had him on the move, and with all this you caught the eye. Very nicely done.

Thanks, John

Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary, looking forward to many more.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-19 2:14]

Hola Manyee,
colorida captura,
pov y encuadre...
hermoso plumaje, feliz regreso.
saludos amigo.

Hi Manyee. Great action shot, by all sounds action from human and bird, as the former pursued the latter. Nice alertness to the stance and beautiful light and colours.Top clarity under difficult conditions. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-19 7:07]

Hello Manyee
Nice presentation.Good POV and well in focus image with nice details from the plumage.Nice colors to.
TFS Michel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-19 8:04]

Wow What a magnificent image of this Pheasant!
The colours on its plumage are amazing!
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Superb composition.
Big congratulations for your 3rd anniversary here on TN!!
Thanks Manyee,


Hi MAnyee,
After a long.....long... time. Here you are with a bang!! Beautiful Picture of a colorful bird, Very nice note too... Congratulations for the Third anniversery.. Wish to see many more... to come.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-20 2:31]

Manyee Nice to see your works back. Excellent note and lovely take. Wonderful work. TFS Ganesh

Hi Manyee,
Certainly has been a while since the last time...hope everything would be ok now.
You got such a colorful bird!
I like a lot the vibrant colours got under the abundant light there.
So funny the story about taking the picture.
So Congratulations for the pic and the 3 year here among us.
Warm regards,

Gorgeaous capture Manyee, the plumage on this bird is beautiful, wouldv've love to see you jump out and get the picture as you describe it very funny, it's like you almost would break bones to get the image if needed. Dont scare your husband anymore or make the rest of us worry about you silly girl. ;)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-26 11:54]

Hello Manyee

A beautiful capture of this pheasant.The plumage colour and detail is magnificent.
Very eye catching.
Very good POV,you managed to get very close.
Well illiminated with very good colour saturation.


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