E.J.Wilkins

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Pheasant


A surprise visitor to our garden!

And it was a real surprise too!. I looked out of the window and this chap was sitting on the bird table. He took fright so I sprinkled some food on the ground and hoped he would come back - which he did. Not for long, just enough for this and a couple of other out-of-focus shots.
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Pheasant


A surprise visitor to our garden!

And it was a real surprise too!. I looked out of the window and this chap was sitting on the bird table. He took fright so I sprinkled some food on the ground and hoped he would come back - which he did. Not for long, just enough for this and a couple of other out-of-focus shots.
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comments (27)

  • martie
  • United States
  • 25 Nov 2008, 00:50
Excellent clarity and coloring in this one! And aren't you lucky to have such as beautiful visitor!
EJWilkins: I was very lucky Martie smile
Aren't you lucky. I see them all the time on one of my walks but one of us usually scares the other before the camera can be taken out of the bag. They are so beautiful! Great capture.
EJWilkins: I think there are quite a lot round here, I often see them in the distance in fields, but have never seen one so close to our house
Well captured, Ellie! He will probably return, now that he has found sanctuary in your garden (not to mention food!) (:o)
EJWilkins: I hope to see him again, not a single sighting since that first one though.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 25 Nov 2008, 07:13
Superb details and colours
EJWilkins: It's a magnificent bird
Oh this is a fabulous photo, so much details on those beautiful feathers. Keep feeding Ellie, and hope that he comes back for more.

PS as soon as I saw this I saw the Famous Grouse ads in my mind. Is it a Grouse?
EJWilkins: I will do my best to keep putting food out, hopefully he'll come back some time.

(sent you a link to Famous Grouse, I think they've got feathers on their legs)
A hansome fella Ellie
EJWilkins: Very handsome chap Chris smile
My goodness, Ellie, this is a fat bird.
EJWilkins: I thought so too
Wow! Ellie! Here you have made a great photography. A perfect focus and very natural colors. Bravo! I like!
EJWilkins: Thank you so much José Angel smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 25 Nov 2008, 08:16
You're so lucky we had two of them in our garden last week and I just managed a few out of focus shots. Well captured!
EJWilkins: Hopefully they'll be back again for you Frida smile
great feather details
EJWilkins: The pattern of the feathers is quite wonderful
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Nov 2008, 10:46
Lovely shot Ellie. I do love to see pheasants in the garden, even though they are not the most clever of birds! They have such beautiful colouring.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: Err, no, you're right, I don't think high intelligence has been included in their selective breeding, and apparently they're lousy parents too
So you took a shot smile. Fantastic colour. Beautiful animal.
EJWilkins: He's a real beauty isn't he
I must be thick today. I'm asking you if this a grouse, and you have titled the picture "Pheasant". Sorry - I was taken with the pic that I didn't look at the title.
EJWilkins: Absolutely no worries Sheila, looking at the picture it does resemble that Grouse advert. With a bit of luck you can see some of them on this site http://www.thefamousgrouse.com/ls/en/ I think the advertising is brilliant, it always makes me chuckle smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Nov 2008, 12:49
Gorgeous bird, Ellie. Great hot!

Love the pigeon-toed stance!
EJWilkins: Bizarre way to walk really, hardly the most balanced, especially for such a large bird
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 25 Nov 2008, 13:01
Oh wow, how fortunate you were to get such a visitor.

Utterly beautiful, what a magnificent bird. A terrific photograph smile
EJWilkins: I was amazingly lucky to see him
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 25 Nov 2008, 13:25
Fantastic Ellie, my parents have a pheasant who visits there garden but I am never there at the right time. They also have a woodpecker now and again.
This is such a beauty Elliesmile
EJWilkins: Oooh, lucky you Tracy. I hope one day he visits when you're there with your camera. What sort of woodpecker is it? We sometimes get a green woodpecker, but it's always too far away to photograph
This was lucky Ellie, at least you managed to get a decent shot.
EJWilkins: It was very lucky indeed, on all counts, more especially as all the pictures could have been blurries!
Great capture Ellie. Colours and details are superb!
EJWilkins: His feathers are magnificent
One of the dimmest but most attractive birds. I wonder what our cats would make of one in our gardentongue
EJWilkins: Probably the same as ours - one interested look and then nothing because it's too big to bother with! wink
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Nov 2008, 16:23
Superb capture, Ellie; wonderful detail and colours. I love his walk! I wondered about the focal length for this but now i know - 300mm. Lovely!
EJWilkins: Yes, it was taken at the longest reach of my longest lens, which is the Oly 70-300
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 25 Nov 2008, 19:30
Magnificent specimen. Nice capture, Ellie.
EJWilkins: He's a beautiful bird Fabrice
The detailed plumage is amazing Ellie ... and you have caught him in a great angle. cheers richard
EJWilkins: It's amazing to see all the lovely colours and patterns in the plumage
This made me smile out loud. Drawn to his feet. Tough bird.
EJWilkins: Yes, he doesn't look particularly well balanced does he?
Nicely close up!
These birds have stunning plumage which you have really caught well, its a pity they dont have any brains at all, so many getting killed on the roads.
magnificent, simply magnificent, Ellie!
Very well done, I love the composition too ! Bravo !

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