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Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-11-14 4:01
Viewed: 4450
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I can't find this dove's identification...

There are seven species in my Kruger National Park map:
Red-eyed dove: no red eye and colour doesn't match
Laughing dove: it could be the laughing dove
African mourning dove: similarities but there's no black patch neck-wise
African green-pigeon: definitely not due to the green colors.
I also excluded the Cape turtle-dove, the Emerald-spotted wood-dove and the Speckled pigeon.
After covering everything necessary and taken into account the KNP map's shortcomings,I'll go for the Laughing dove.

The dove is perched on one of the many typical red rocks; you can find these troughout Kruger...

Capture time: 15:00
ISO 400.

Editing workflow: Lightroom, Camera Raw and Photoshop


Thank you very much for the contribution cocerning the identification:
(wiki)The Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) is a small pigeon which is a resident breeding bird in the tropics in Africa south of the Sahara, the Middle East and southern Asia east to India. In India it is also known as the Little Brown Dove. Probably as the result of stowaways from Africa or India, the bird is also found in a localised area of Western Australia - in and around Perth and Fremantle.

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Hi Annick,
I don't know what the ID is might be a laughing dove but I am not sure. But I am for sure this is one of the cutest from all the species here on TN. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-14 5:57]

Bonjour Annick,
Ravissante image de cet adorable pigeon posé sur cet amas de pierre rose. J'aime beaucoup ton cadrage généreux! Le plumage du pigeon me semble de toute beauté et il le met bien en valeur. Parfait!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-11-14 8:55]

Ha Annick,

Volgens mij is dit idd de Laughing dove zoals jezelf al als meestwaarschijnlijk aangeeft,hij poseert mooi voor je op de formatie stenen en je hebt dit goed in je compositie gebruikt,groetjes en prettig weekend


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-14 10:16]

Hi Annick,
the large space here works so well, and has created a very attractive colour palette behind this dove, thanks to the DOF you created. Very well composedwith great detail...great work as always.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-11-14 10:20]

prachtig Annick
echt veel meer kan ik hier niet zeggen de dof is ongelofelijk mooi en de vogel staat er goed op in een mooie positie, goed werk.
prettig weekend.
groet Jaap

I love the textures and the subtle brown colour tones in this shot Annick.
I think the big crop was good to since the bokeh is quite attractive.
I'm afraid I have no idea what the Dove is either.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-14 13:46]

Hoi Annick,
Dit is inderdaad een Laughing Dove, Palmtortel. Meestal ben ik geneigd om bij zo'n foto een flinke uitsnede te maken, wat weer ten koste van de kwaliteit gaat. gelukkig heb je dat niet gedaan. Hij staat er mooi op zo, in goede scherpte. Prachtige compositie.
Goed weekend,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-14 14:52]

Hi Annick,i like a lot this pic,not a usual portrait,but a very nice a different way to show the bird in the natural environment. Excellents details and colors and very nice background,have a nice weekend,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-14 19:16]

Hello My Friend,
What a beautiful dove in a wonderful composition. This is a very nice scene Annick and you have captured it incredibly well. Thank you Annick.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-14 22:19]

Hi Annick,
Outstanding shot of this cute looking Dove with such amazing colours and details on its plumage. UImmaculate sharpness and superb light handling and you have captured it in a fine pose here on the rocks. Excellent POV, DOF and a special composition.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-15 4:26]

merhaba annick
its a probably Streptopelia senegalensis
i like pose, POV, light, colours and details

Hello Annick
A nice capture with lovely colours
Have a good W-E

What a lovely bird perched upon lovely rocks. The colors of the bird are so pretty that I think they are overpowered a bit by the unsubtle colors and brightness in the upper fourth of the frame. You may not have had enough resolution left to crop it tighter on the top and left sides though???

Evelynn : )

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-15 13:05]

Hi Annick,
a nice shot of this Laughing Dove :-)
Very good detail and clarity.
Excellent composition.
Superb DOF.

Well done!

Hello Annick

An interesting composition.The ruffled feathers of the dove seem to mimic the mottled appearance of the rock it sits upon.
Nicely composed with very good DOF.
Rich and natural colours.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-17 11:21]

Hello Annick, what a colorful Dove! Very well composed shot with great technical assets. All the colors are matching, very nice!


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