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Columba guinea

Columba guinea
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-05 12:11
Viewed: 5591
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea) is a pigeon which is a resident breeding bird in much of Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common and widespread species in open habitats over a good deal of its range, although there are sizeable gaps in its distribution.
This species builds a large stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Its flight is quick, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.
This is a large pigeon at 41cm in length. Its back and wings are rufous, the latter heavily speckled with white spots. The rest of the upperparts and underparts are blue-grey, and the head is grey with red patches around the eye. The neck is brownish, streaked with white, and the legs are red. The call is a loud doo-doo-doo.
Sexes are similar, but immatures are browner than adults.
The Speckled Pigeon is frequently seen around human habitation and cultivation. Most of its food is vegetable, and it gathers in large numbers where grain or groundnuts are available.

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This photo is taken in Samburu National reserve, in Kenya. Small modification of the original format.

ISO 200
Focal 400.0 mm

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-05 12:54]

Hello Ferran,
This is a fine shot of the Speckled Pigeon, sharp and well-composed. though one wonders what the wire-netting that he stands on is for.
I last saw this species in Gambia about 10 years ago, but he was too far away to photograph.
So it's nice to see this shot.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-05 14:48]

Hello Ferran,
I love the colours and patterns in your shot of this rather beautiful pigeon. Very sharp and nice against the blue background. I also like the diagonal composition.
TFS, Ulla

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-06 1:56]

What a pretty pigeon, Ferran.
I like the patterns on his feathers, and the colors around his eyes.
The blue sky makes a great BG.
TFS. : )

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-01-04 16:20]

Hi Ferran. Very good presentation of this pidgeon with a marvellous blue sky behind to enhance the result. Good work. Murray.

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