Bob Marley Look Alike! - Golden Pheasant - NZ ** by AndreaEL
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Bob Marley Look Alike! - Golden Pheasant - NZ ** by 


How often does one get close enough to see a birds pin feathers This young Pheasant with his new Pin Feathers that have formed was a first for me, his feathers look like they have been put into curlers. As the pin feather grow longer, the blood supply is concentrated in only the base of the shaft, and the tip of the shaft encases the feather itself, in a waxy coating. As moulting birds preen, they remove the waxy coating, and the feather unfurls to reveal some of the most amazing colours. This young bird reminded me of Bob Marley with the wax coating on his feathers.
The Golden Pheasant or “Chinese Pheasant”, (Chrysolophus pictus) is a gamebird of the order Galliformes (gallinaceous birds) and the family Phasianidae. It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The adult male is 90-105 cm in length, its tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length. It is unmistakable with its golden crest and rump and bright red body. The deep orange “cape” can be spread in display, appearing as an alternating black and orange fan that covers all of the face except its bright yellow eye, with a pinpoint black pupil. Males have a golden-yellow crest with a hint of red at the tip. The face, throat, chin, and the sides of neck are rusty tan. The wattles and orbital skin are both yellow in colour, and the ruff or cape is light orange. The upper back is green and the rest of the back and rump are golden-yellow in colour. The tertiaries are blue whereas the scapulars are dark red. Another characteristic of the male plumage is the central tail feathers which are black spotted with cinnamon as well as the tip of the tail being a cinnamon buff. The upper tail coverts are the same colour as the central tail feathers. Males also have a scarlet breast, and scarlet and light chestnut flanks and underparts. Lower legs and feet are a dull yellow.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 15th 2011
No offence intended towards Bob Marley, just a little light humor…
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Bob Marley Look Alike

Bright & Beautiful – Golden Pheasant

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carrover 4 years ago

    excellent!! it doesn’t look anything like our ones.

  • Thank you Declan for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lilAj
    lilAjover 4 years ago

    lol awesome pic! and being Jamaican that’s a lil humor I can appreciate :)

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated. I am so pleased you enjoyed the humor.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    What a beauty. Great capture.

  • Thank you Bunny for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 4 years ago

    l can see the likeness heehee

  • Thank you Lynn for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    WOW this is stunning.

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 4 years ago

    I have never seen anythiong like this !!!

    Wonderful shot Andrea!!

  • Thank you Linda for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Winston D. Munnings
    Winston D. Mun...over 4 years ago

    Stunning capture Andrea. This is certainly a ‘prize winner’in ANY setting.

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment & wonderful compliment Winston, so much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 4 years ago

    LOL! what a cracking shot!

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 4 years ago

    Ah but can it sing redemption song as well? Great shot Andrea!

  • Thank you Colin for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated. Well you would have had to have been there to listen to his song, it may have been better… Lol..

    – AndreaEL

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldover 4 years ago

    there are a pair of these birds at the Melbourne zoo…..cant seem to be able to draw the male….too overwhelming!………great shot Andrea!

  • Thank you for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated. I am sure you will get your capture of the male some day.

    – AndreaEL

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