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Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Pheasant [Phasianus colchicus]

A large, long-tailed gamebird. Males have rich chestnut, golden-brown and black markings on body and tail, with a dark green head and red face wattling. Females are mottled with paler brown and black. They were introduced to the UK long ago and more recent introductions have brought in a variety of races and breeds for sport shooting, unfortunately.





58 comments:

  1. Bob, they are reared purely for shooting and must be the easiest bird to shoot. They look good and the Reeves Pheasant is spectacular. They are not very bright in the brain department but their plumage makes up for it.

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    1. Yes, it can only be shooting for the rich, at least they don't miss everytime.

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  2. How nice to see one alive and well, wonderful plumage. Sadly because they are not very bright, (perhaps all the inbreeding), I see more deceased than alive as they are the victims of cars on countryside roads. I enjoy seeing them in the fields ambling along. One bird where I used to live in Devon made friends with a local farm and came to be a great pet, even bringing a Mrs home.

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  3. How could anyone shoot such a gorgeous creature, or any creature for that matter! Fabulous captures Bob!

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    1. I'm with you Karen, the killing ought be banned.

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  4. What a beautiful pheasant, Bob. It looks like it was waiting especially for you and your lens. Great shots!

    Uwe.

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  5. You have shot this one well Bob, what a great looking bird.


    peter

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  6. My dogs would love that !!!! LOL !
    Nice shots as usual !

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  7. I have a hard time looking at most any creature and trying to imagine what goes on in the mind of someone who wants to shoot it.. aside from starvation, of course. Or if it's a mercy kill. What a beautiful bird.. and beautiful photos.

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  8. incredibly colorful and striking!

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  9. Lieber <bob,
    es ist schlimm, dass man diese wunderschönen Vögel schießt.
    Was haben die Jäger davon? Nur wegen der Schwanzfedern?
    Einen schönen Wochenteiler wünscht Dir
    Irmi

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  10. A gorgeous bird and fabulous shots of him!

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  11. Stunning, I am amazed that they can hide at all from the hunters!

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  12. Bob you are great photographer !

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  13. Eh people..
    But hi is gorgoeus.
    Greetings from Alsace.

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  14. Beautiful bird, lovely markings, thanks for the splash of colour Bob.

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  15. This is SUCH a beautiful bird indeed! And your photos are wonderful Bob! :-)
    I HATE sport shooting - how can people take pleasure in killing such a gorgeous thing just for the fun of it?

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    1. And me, vile practise, thanks Yael.

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  16. Oh my goodness, those colors are just gorgeous, Bob!

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  17. Hermoso faisán captado en todo su esplendor. Un abrazo,

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  18. Hi Bob. Your Pheasants are simply gorgeous - their bright colors are amazing. I have a bit of trouble getting close enough for decent shots of them, but once in a while I get lucky.

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  19. I can't fathom shooting anything so beautiful with anything but a camera.

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  20. Hij staat er prachtig gekleurd op,Bob.

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  21. What a beautiful and colorful bird Bob!!Great shots!Gorgeous pictures!
    Dimi...

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  22. It is beautifully and wonderfully colored.

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  23. What a beautiful bird! Great shots, Bob!

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  24. Fantastic series, Bob. Beautiful bird. I don't understand how they can shoot such a beauty. Greetings, Joke

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    1. No I can't understand that either Joke.

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  25. Bob, what a beauty! Aren't they wonderful. We used to have them around here, but I haven't seen one for a long time. I think a combination of urbanization and coyotes!

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  26. Gorgeous birds. Shooting them? Hiss and spit is the politest thing I can say. Though I am thinking rather a lot of less polite things.

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  27. That's a beautiful bird! I like the colours :)

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  28. Stunning pictures.. It ´s truly beautiful. Regards.

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  29. Beautiful birds Bob. One of my favourites.

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  30. One of those birds that had ever colour chucked at it in the feather department, lovely shots.

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  31. Hola Bob,un bello ejemplar macho de faisan,una especie tambien introducida en España para la caza .Un abrazo

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  32. an amazing strong and colourful pheasant; well captured Bob!

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  33. Beautiful!
    We had one when I was a kid coming every day. He ate of the hand. We called him Pip.
    Today we dont have any here-
    M/

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  34. HI Bob Wonderful shot of this wonderful bird.

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  35. Shooting isn't sport, there is only one winner.

    Anyway Bob, cracking images of a cracking bird.

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  36. Beautiful photos! Beautiful April for you and your family!

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  37. Nice picture. It looks different. I have not seen it before!

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  38. °✿⊱
    º° ✿✿

    É uma das aves mais bonitas e coloridas que já vi.
    Lamentável que sejam caçadas.
    Bom restinho de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    ♫° ·.✿⊱°•

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  39. Always quite a lucky encounter for me!!
    What a magnificent male your are showing here!
    Thanks Bob!!

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  40. BOB bonjour je suis désolée mais je ne pouvais plus passer sur ton blog
    là je suis enfin heureuse de pouvoir t"écrire
    QUEL bel oiseau tu as sorti ta peinture je pense car il est magnifique
    ces oiseaux sont si beaux et chez toi quel bonheur encore
    Merci beaucoup BOB
    BISOU

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  41. Oh Bob, fantastic series, so wonderful birds!
    Hugs Crissi

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  42. Just awesome. I find the pheasant man one of the most beautiful colored birds we have :-)

    Greeting, Helma

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