This is a male Khalij pheasant. There is a distinct difference between the male and female. This is from my archives. When I sighted a group of 5-6 Khalij pheasants, I had lied down on my belly to get a low angle shot. They didn't notice me as I was hidden.
I had the 2X TC attached to my 400mm f2.8 lens. So at 800mm this was very close and I was struggling to fit in the bird in my frame. It was evening and light was low. So 800mm f5.6, 1/50.
There were lot of dried sticks, bushes and white rocks on the ground. Shooting through those gave a soft look to number of areas in the image. Hopefully soon we can again visit these fabulous places in Uttarakhand.