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Made it past Christmas day

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 800 400 mm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It seems that the rooster tail is lost. Maybe it's not new, those who wait. Funny picture. Says that over the Christmas period went all the possible and now it's back in front of everyday life.

29 Dec 2011 5:13am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Nice and colorful.

29 Dec 2011 5:43am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Is that the famous one? Nice shot Chris

29 Dec 2011 5:48am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

What a beautiful bird!

29 Dec 2011 6:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Super cpatage de cet oiseau sur ce support quelle position et couleur sur les plumes.
Bravo et amitié

29 Dec 2011 6:15am

STEED from D, France

Ouffff !!!!! Quiet 360 days !!!!!!!!!

29 Dec 2011 8:47am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

So relieved to see one with its clothes still on !

29 Dec 2011 8:48am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing....perfect catch with lovely colors...5*

29 Dec 2011 9:08am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent capture under a beautiful light. Someone has to survive and breed for next season.

29 Dec 2011 9:22am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Beautiful bird to cute to cook:)

29 Dec 2011 9:32am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

He made it but his tail didn't !

29 Dec 2011 9:48am

@Nigel: He's growing a new one to entrance all the lovely lady pheasants in the Spring

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Happy and peaceful. I was still skinny ... has one year to gain weight! Now you can run and sing in the house. Best regards, Adela

29 Dec 2011 9:59am


mmmm crystal clear, did it bring the whiskey to? lol

29 Dec 2011 10:37am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

What a cutie! In summer he will display his funky feathers to the ladies I hope!
(This was not taken in your new wild life garden I guess!)

29 Dec 2011 10:42am

@daniela scharnowski: Near to my house is "Dinton Pastures" It's a series of lakes that were created as as a result of gravel extraction used to build the Motorway near me(The M4). Each lake has a purpose-on one people can sail boats, but this is an area dedicated to wildlife. It's one of the places that I take Betty for a walk every day.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Minus the tail feathers. Must have been a close call:)

29 Dec 2011 11:00am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

It is him who traditionally organizes, every on December 26th (“Boxing day”, bank holiday in the United Kingdom), a shooting party to pheasant with Sandringham, the residence of Windsor where the royal family passes the festivals of end of the year, located to approximately 80 km of the hospital. This shooting party was however to take place as envisaged.

29 Dec 2011 2:03pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

What a lovely and colorful shot as he perches on the overturned pail. Seems like he's having a bit of balance trouble though, having lost his tail feathers. Wonderful and colorful shot, Chris!

29 Dec 2011 2:28pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice and colorfully bird - but - where is his tail ?

29 Dec 2011 2:54pm

@Loner: He's growing a new one to entrance the young ladies in the Spring!

Don from Spokane, United States

This bird has a wonderful range of colors in his feathers. Fine close up.

29 Dec 2011 3:36pm

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

just perfect for hogmannay

29 Dec 2011 3:39pm

Fraucha from Біла Церква, Ukraine

Excellent! Very crisp!

29 Dec 2011 3:55pm

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Beautiful bird.

29 Dec 2011 3:58pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom


29 Dec 2011 4:47pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous capture. fine bokeh

29 Dec 2011 5:29pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A lovely capture

29 Dec 2011 6:31pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

What a shame, he'd have gone down well on my table:-)
Good colourful shot Chris.

29 Dec 2011 7:17pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!

29 Dec 2011 8:46pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

needs a bit more meat on him if he's going to make the Easter dinner table!

29 Dec 2011 8:59pm

David from Avranches, France

Looks too beautiful to be on a plate anyway. Great shot.

29 Dec 2011 9:03pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow - lucky bird - however New Years feast is just ahead:)

29 Dec 2011 9:55pm

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

29 Dec 2011 9:57pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

This is a great photo of pheasant dressing ... and not the kind one eats.

29 Dec 2011 11:02pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Lucky duck.

30 Dec 2011 5:11am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great shot. Beautiful duck. Lovely colours. Fine bokeh. :)

30 Dec 2011 8:25am

Mary from PA, United States

He is gorgeous...Thank you for sharing this. Pheasants are rarely seen here in my part of the US anymore unless the game commission releases them into the wild for hunters. ( which when released the poor things don't know what to do and get run over by cars or caught by a hawk.) Sad for these once very abundant birds in our country.

30 Dec 2011 12:50pm

@Mary: The sad thing is that most pheasants over here are "Escapees" from commercial pheasant farms-not a dissimilar story

franz from Baden, Austria

who would want to eat a guy as handsome as this anyway ?!? ;-))
(here, austrian airlines run a poster campaign around christmas with this slogan: "save a goose's life - fly away at christmas" ... goose being, of course, a favourite christmas fare for many people!)

30 Dec 2011 2:44pm

@franz: Haha-but don't you eat the goose when you get to your destination?!?!(Assuming that you arrive at country that eat's geese), otherwise it's the Turkey/Chicken/ whatever that get's eaten. Great idea for an advert, though!

Becky from los angeles, United States

How can anyone eat such a beautiful little critter?! Can't they see that little smile on it's beak and the light in it's eyes??! Beautiful shot and I'm glad he's still flying.

30 Dec 2011 10:39pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Nice color and feather detail. I have never seen a bird like this.

31 Dec 2011 12:48am

Moein from Bandar-e-Anzali, Iran

very nice shot :)

1 Jan 2012 3:03pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Just, it's lost it's tail!, great capture

5 Jan 2012 8:13pm

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
1/50 second
ISO 800
400 mm