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Wary - as all presenters of the tongue twister about pheasants I once heard should be....

 
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Arisko Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love pheasants.Heart :happybounce: Great shot :D (Big Grin) 
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
They are beautiful birds indeed... Gift - Scorch icon 
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Arisko Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they are. Nod 
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cantbreath45 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those colors man! 
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Totally beautiful, I agree...  Hearts In Colour 
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Gorgeous work - I've always been a big fan of pheasants, haha... one actually took a walk around my living room a few years ago whilst the dog was asleep, beautiful fellow but rather bold indeed! :'D
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow - we've had them in the back garden but never the house!  OMG LOOK AT THAT 
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Hahaha, yep - he did a lap of the whole room as though he owned it and was expecting it, then just walked out. :XD:
We also had barn swallows that liked to come in one summer and do a circle of the room before flying out the door again. :giggle:
I think we had a robin in the house too before... everything seems to want to come in out here. :laughing:
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MadMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pheasants are beautiful - but their voice. :D Like someone's been tortured: "Kääääääääk!" from the bushes.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not as loud or bad as the peacock - they are very loud and raucous.

We have one in our village that you can hear from a great distance!  :o (Eek) 
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MadMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The nearest peacock lives about 62 kms from our town - you have to travel to Korkeasaari zoo, if you want to hear those "lovely" screams. :D
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure you must have better sounding birds a lot nearer. As I've said elsewhere some birds are all 'show business' - I sometimes think the more subtle pretenders have more to offer in reality.  Confused 
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MadMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Another weird sounding bird is corncrake (Crex crex). I've many times heard the bird but never seen it, it is way too shy. :)
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
We have the bittern, it is a very shy bird, lives in dense reed beds but has a very loud booming call. It's currently starring on a BBC television programme called 'Spring watch' which is closely following the lives of all sorts of wildlife as they restart their lives after winter. :huggle:
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MadMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We have a similar program by Yle (the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation) - Kevätseuranta (literally translated as Spring watch, hah!).

I've also once seen the bittern. Handsome bird but it stayed quiet. :) We just stared at each other long time, then the bird decided it was time to go - I was wandering around the beach, when I spotted him, he was standing among the bulrush. (I lived on an island back then.)
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
The colors and feather detail is amazing!!!  Great close up my friend!!!!
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for that kind critique!
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!  I can't imagine people hunting these....
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
With you all the way  :lol:
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Gerryanimator Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome shot was this a captive bird or a wild bird, either way I'm impressed you got close enough to get this at a 105 mm.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A bit of both. We were at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (google?) at Washington, in NE of UK . They have wild birds flying in but also a captive breeding programme. This wild trespasser was used to humans in the reserve and taking food from the "residents", so was tempted to come a little closer than usual with a scattering of seed. 
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3: I`ve featured this in my latest journal in-the-picture.deviantart.com/…
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, thank you for that compliment. It's in very good company...:blush:
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ForestWanderers Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful!
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Isn't he - but is the female pheasant in  "Secure but not safe..." (the following dA submission) even more subtly beautiful  :?
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ForestWanderers Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely! It is interesting her colors how she blends in nicely with her surroundings!
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Total shock when I realised I could have easily trodden on her before I saw through her defences!  Her behaviour was so unlike the male on this photograph. He was happy to strut his stuff in broad daylight (well at least in overcast conditions).  
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ForestWanderers Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! I wonder if she was guarding some eggs
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sure that is what she was doing or she would have dashed off immediately I came near.
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ForestWanderers Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
true!
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quaddie Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Pheasant Plucker? :D.

They are such gorgeous coloured birds :).
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't ask Martin - just google "Pheasant plucker" for the full poem (but you even have to type it carefully!) :laughing:
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quaddie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Oh, I know the rhyme mate..just checking there wasnt another :)..
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Someone prompted the idea I should have used "Old red eyes is back..." for the title, the Beautiful South song. It would have removed all the potential problems! :lol:
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SoaringKiwi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
What lens?
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I was using the Nikon DX 55-300mm zoom - slightly limited on top aperture at f4.5-5.6 which cuts it's performance in dull conditions, as in this photograph, but overall and on brighter days it works quite well. :)
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SoaringKiwi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
The colors are so bright! I really love this photo. I have a D5100, but I'm not very good at using it lol.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
As they say practice makes perfect. Try googling "Ken Rockwell how to take better pictures". I found his advice very useful.  :)
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very good photo of this beautiful bird! :iconfavoriteplz:
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are so right, the colours and markings are outstanding!  :blowkiss:
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Wonderful capture!
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you but as always the star is the model! :)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Absolutely but capturing it deserves credit too....
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OK - thank you...:blush:
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Wow, what a beauty.  I especially love the red eye.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed but you immediately reminded me of "Old red Eyes is back", the Beautiful South song - Old Red Eyes is back, back from the night before the night before - I should have used that as the title! Too late now but it would have contained an additional element of humour.  :lol:
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I never heard of that song so I had to look it up.  Great lyrics.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The more I think about it, the more I should have gone that way. Recently I've looked to poetry for a title and not thought enough about song lyrics as an obvious alternative. Thanks for highlighting the fault, even if it was perhaps inadvertently!  :blowkiss:
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I love to read comments, poetry, quotes and song lyrics that match the photos.  It really gives an additional emotive feel to them.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks - the habit started as something to put into the "definition" box on submitting a photograph, rather than a full stop or an obvious statement like "A cat". Glad you approve and enjoy!  :huggle:
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