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    Default 'Broken Tail' - the Pheasant

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    Taken just after 7.00am whilst on route to the Little owls again, 'Broken tail' was checking out his territory walking through the heavy dew laden grass. Shot lying down, resting on the camera kit bag.

    Thanks to those who viewed or commented on the previous posting.

    Steve

    Subject: Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
    Location: UK
    Camera: Canon EOS-1DX MKIII
    Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III HH
    Exposure: 1/800s at f/5.6 ISO2000
    Original format: Landscape, very slight crop
    Processed via: LR Classic 9.4 & PSCC2020


    Note: The subject is fully wild and completely unconstrained. Besides the potential impact of my presence, nothing has been done to intentionally alter or affect the ongoing behavior of the subject and, of course, there has been no use of any form of bait or other form of wildlife attractants (including vocalisations) in the capture of this image.
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    Hi Steve ... lovely shot .
    Low POV works well . Stunning colors and the super fine details that you are able to render from your files are great .
    Bummer about the broken ... feather , but is as is .
    FG should go lighter , IMHO ... picks my attention , but what for ???

    Stunning quality , TFS Andreas

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    Hello Steve,

    This is a very colourful and attractive looking pheasant, very handsome despite the broken tail

    Love the pose and especially those two head feathers, plumage colours and those patterns just superb.

    Subject well isolated from the background, nice and sharp where it matters, image quality is great. Well composed too.
    Thank you so much for sharing, always a pleasure to view your images

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    Another beauty Steve. Perfect processing to accentuate the brilliant colours and details. Great BG and POV. I'm fine with the dark FG section. Cheers.

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    This is really nice. The scowl and broken feather make it look like he's recovering after a big night of partying. Color and details are really striking, and the bird really pops on the green. I'd love to see a bit more room above his head, but I suspect that expanding the crop to allow that is going to capture more dirt/earth at lower right. You could lightened the dirt, but that's not critical.

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    Steve, you've got some beautiful dysfunction over there with bad eyed Little Owl and now Broken Tail.

    You captured some nice colors and iridescence. Enjoyed the stare you received here, whilst the subject maintained a broadside view.

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