I was at a Disney park called animal kingdom and they had these running around in a sanctuary. It has to be one one the most colorful birds i have ever seen. Thank you for sharing your great photography.
Yes, definitely one of the most colorful birds I know as well. The females of this species look great as well with their stripes, but their lack of color makes them appear as different as you would expect from an entirely different species. It's fascinating how the visible difference between bird genders can range from drastic to non-existant.
And I agree, nature never ceases to amaze me. Plus, we don't even need to look for rare or exotic beings in faraway regions to see beautiful or otherwise fascinating plants or animals... All too easily we overlook the everyday wonders around us.
It's a caged bird, unfortunately. The biggest issues were getting close enough to the grid of the aviary (so that it wouldn't show up in the photo), getting the head of the pheasant in focus and finding the right combination of shutter speed, ISO and exposure. As you can see, I had to resort to 1/25th at ISO 800 to get it properly exposed; this would've been absolutely impossible at 300mm without image stabilization (called "Vibration Compensation" in that lens). I'm just glad the bird decided to pose still for just long enough to get this done without having him appear as a rainbow of blurriness