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Coat Of Gold

By Hop-A-Long  
It's official, I don't glow, it's a myth, disappointing aye. I found this out when I walked into the door last night in the dark. I made a decision right then, use the light, it's safer.

Now I took this image when I went to a new place that I was told about, it's called Clara Vale. I don't think I have ever seen so many birds, there were all sorts there, I only managed to take a couple of shots of them, a couple of hundred that is. It was cold that morning, as you can probably tell by the frozen grass around the Pheasant. The hide is superb, unfortunately you have to have a key to get in, this is something that had been omitted from the information I recieved. I set out on my expedition nice and early the day before this shot was taken, I arrived after a good hours drive from my home, I was full of excitement and expectation at the thought of all these birds I had heard about, Kingfishers, Siskins, Yellowhammers etc. Horror ensued, when I found the doors locked to the two hides that are there, all that way to be scuppered at the final hurdle. Being of reasonable height, 6' 5", I decided to have a shufti over the rather tall fence that surrounds the sight, that's a word I haven't used in a while, "shufti", funny word, anyway, I digress, erm, where was I, oh yes, I had this shufti over the fence, only to spook a Kingfisher that was perched on a branch, not four feet away. That was it, I was now on a mission to find a key, but where, hmmm, where's Indiana Jones when you need him. He would find a key without any problems whatsoever. Just then a man appeared through the mist, as if by magic, well actually he came round the corner, the mist just sounded more exciting. No, it wasn't Indiana Jones, it was a man with a dog, a rather scruffy dog, I might add. He informed me that I had to buy a key from a woodland trust place not far from where I was for the cost of 3.00. I set off like a treasure hunter to acquire a key, which I found to my delight opens several hides set over quite a large area, which makes the key a real treasure to someone like me. It was now getting on, so the expedition would have to be put on hold until the following morning. It's a good job I wasn't climbing Mount Everest, I can see it now, halfway up saying to the Sherpa, " Have you got the key", him replying "No", I would then have to say " We will have to fetch the key and come back tomorrow", doesn't work really, does it. Anyway, the following morning, key in hand, another early start and the expedition back on track, I found myself in the hide, in one word, Fabulous, although the Kingfisher was a no show, it was still fabulous and well worth 3.00. I had to give up after about 6 hours and nearly frost bitten toes. I shall return though, when I can pick my camera up that is.
Hope you like this one.


Thanks for looking and as always all your comments and clicks are much appreciated.

Nikon D40
70-300mm AF-S VR
F 8
ISO 200
Shutter 1/125
Dedicated Flash

Tags: Wildlife Nature General Male Pheasant Bird Game Wildlife and nature

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KJackson 14 7 1 England
15 Feb 2008 11:36AM
Beautiful colours, they really are attractive birds
Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
15 Feb 2008 11:39AM
Quote:It's official, I don't glow, it's a myth, disappointing aye. I found this out when I walked into the door last night in the dark. I made a decision right then, use the light, it's safer.
Glad to see the sense of humour is still there despite the late worries.

Lovely capture and colours

piccy 15 8 Wales
15 Feb 2008 11:43AM
No savings with the lighting then Wink It sounds like paradise, great shot of this pheasant.
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
15 Feb 2008 11:43AM
Another amazing story that had me in stitches. Super photo with beautiful colours. So glad you found the man with the golden key. Smile LOL
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
15 Feb 2008 12:07PM
What an excellent shot. Glad to see your sense of humor is intactSmile
luxaeternam 14 21 1
15 Feb 2008 12:13PM
Certainly was worth three quid. Wish I had a pheasant this close - only problem is my husband would eat it !
Smile Lucy
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
15 Feb 2008 12:13PM
Great range of colour here Andy.Fine detail too.A good capture.
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
15 Feb 2008 12:14PM
seen your lines in douglas_georges portfolio, & immediately came to see the pheasant you had shot / uploaded
as I said there, they are not only good to cook (love that meat, sorry, especially with cabbage...) but they are also good to picture ; wonderful vibrant colours, cripy shot !
User_Removed 13 78 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 12:23PM
Great capture... excellent Tale Thanks

lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
15 Feb 2008 12:30PM
Great detail
15 Feb 2008 12:31PM
Excellent Andy, super detail,
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
15 Feb 2008 12:31PM
Excellent crisp details

cheesey 15 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 12:59PM
Lovely colours and detail Andy, great shot.
MandsH 14 England
15 Feb 2008 1:06PM
The feather detail is beautiful
KarenFB Plus
15 5.8k 183 England
15 Feb 2008 1:14PM
Pheasants are such beautiful birds, I love their colours and markings. This one is no exception, I love the way it's posing and looking over it's shoulder at you. I don't think there are as many about as usual this year!
danbrann 17 640 17
15 Feb 2008 1:38PM
Tremendous detail and colour.
franfoto 14 2 32 England
15 Feb 2008 1:55PM
Could never bring myself to eat one of these pretty birds.
Lovely pose showing the detail in the feathers and colour and eye contact in the turned head.
Enjoyed reading your story behind the pic, very entertaining and humorous. (where is Clara Vale?) sounds well worth a visit.
Assyrian 14 132 Scotland
15 Feb 2008 1:56PM
Brilliant story - worth a few votes in it's own right!

dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
15 Feb 2008 2:12PM
Well it sure is a beauty..
Here at my house he would be dinner... sorry .. My brother use to get them all the time and now he's moved away out of state .. but we had the birds,deer,frogs,fish,deer..All season long..
Never killed unless it was for eating..never just for the sport of it..
Sorry now back to the pic.. these birds are stunning with the color they have.. and you captured it well... enjoyed the story as well
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 2:31PM
Second pheasant I've seen on the site today so my mind's already geared up to recipes...
Lovely shot, but I'm sidetracked by the story - assuming this is the Clara Vale near Ryton, it's just along the road from us, maybe 10 minutes... You could have dropped in for a cuppa. Or three. Let us know next time you're heading that way.
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 2:35PM
Certainly is a dream coat
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
15 Feb 2008 2:38PM
Thanks Moira, will do next time. Only three cuppas though, that takes up the first ten minutes. LOL.
Cormy 14 3 England
15 Feb 2008 2:38PM
Click 30 Andy for a very nice detailed piece of work,well done.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 2:42PM
This is an absolute cracker of a photo, Andy; every feather crisply defined even without going Large. I think it's one of the oriental pheasants (don't our standard British ones have darker plumage all round?), but they all taste the same.

(I used to shoot a bit when I was a kid, but strictly for the pot.)

Glad to hear you don't glow - just don't contract chilblains from sitting out in that hide!
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 2:55PM
I moved so quickly to the link with your neice that I clean forgot about you!! There's friends for you.

Glad you havn't a glow! In any other context that would not be so easy to say!

The pattern and detail on this is superb. He obviously posed for you!!
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
15 Feb 2008 2:55PM
Great capture and presentation Andy, take care.
SeraM 13 Ireland
15 Feb 2008 3:30PM
Absolutely gorgeous! Please tell me all your secrets.
Sarah x
HUMIE 14 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 4:26PM
Lovely colour and detail here Andy.

I wish it were nearer it sounds a great find.

Thanks for todays concern on my problem,but I doubt I'll get the chance to find out if it's sorted 'till next week 'cos I wont be able to get out over the weekend.

Good to hear you're not glowing !!

trissie 15 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 5:26PM
Lovely feather detail, a great capture.

Trish x
didgpix 15
15 Feb 2008 6:14PM
Don't know what's given me the most pleasure, the fabulous shot and the equally fabulous 'tale'.
Well done for your efforts, hope you have many happy hours there.
SKavanagh 14 312 5 England
15 Feb 2008 7:19PM
Beautiful shot Andy will take a look at your cousins
15 Feb 2008 7:22PM
Prefect exposure and a lovely shot altogether.
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 7:54PM
He-he great write-up.
Smashing looking pheasant. Captured some great detail and colours there! Well done and looking forward to seeing the other 199 or so bird shots please!? Hope you weren't exaggerating.
Marilyn x
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
15 Feb 2008 8:03PM
Wonderful colour and detail Andy. Lovely write up.
dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 9:15PM
Now that is disappointing..I thought I might be able to glow as well next week! Glad you are ok Andy! I drive to school amid these pheasants..they haven't a brain in their heads, they nearly end up under the wheels! Great shot with wonderful colour and detail.
rmr 14 1 Wales
15 Feb 2008 9:35PM
superb detail love the colours
well done andy
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2008 10:56PM
brilliantly detailed shot... I get one visit me every day now..
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2008 5:40AM
great focus work, superb detail
daffydill56 18 190 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2008 9:20AM
An excellent image Andy, amazing detail and colour. Super pose you caught there too.

Glad everything went ok yesterday.

Nettles 14 England
16 Feb 2008 9:36AM
Fabulous shot, he doesn't seem bothered by you at all.
Well done to get such a close up shot.
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2008 3:31PM
Quite an achievement to get this back view of his glorious feathers and als his face as well. What a shot!
Just been reading your previous notes. Hope all goes well - and that the tablet works its stuff. Hope also that Gill continues to keep well.
microchip 14 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2008 8:19PM
Great close up super colours and detail,and a spot on capture,
Soom 16 1 England
16 Feb 2008 9:53PM
Excellent detail and colours. There's so much to see in the detail on their backs. Great capture.
GlenD 14 United States
17 Feb 2008 6:50AM
super shot mat
leons29 13 South Africa
17 Feb 2008 7:59AM
Very sharp, great colour
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
17 Feb 2008 7:17PM
Excellent capture Andy....The detail and clarity are superb............

Brilane 15 5 12 Wales
18 Feb 2008 12:59AM
Well worth the trouble.
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
19 Feb 2008 7:07PM
The cost of the key certainly seems less than buying your own hide, and having to set it up - this sounds a great place Andy. This bird is a thing of beauty.
cirrusminor Plus
13 380 3 England
22 Feb 2008 8:43PM
Great capture Smile I have a pheasent friend that wanders through my garden... i bought a new lense to get better shots of him but all i needed was a slice of bread!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
25 Feb 2008 6:38PM
Terrific shot Andy, the detail, markings and colours in the plumage are exceptional
11 Mar 2008 3:16PM
Good detail and quality! May have a pheasant of my own going up soon so keep your eyes on the site!

28 Jul 2008 2:18PM
What a fantastic shot.

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