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Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, 86mm UV filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Birds of a Feather [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-14 5:05
Viewed: 5124
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

It is a common and widespread species in scrub, dry farmland and habitation over a good deal of its range, often becoming very tame.

This species builds a 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.

Laughing Dove is a long-tailed, slim pigeon, typically 25 centimetres (10 inches) in length. Its back, wings and tail are reddish-brown with blue-grey in the wings. In flight, the underwings are rich chestnut.

The head and underparts are pinkish, shading to whitish on the lower abdomen. There is black spotting on the throat. The legs are red. The chuckling call is a low oo-took-took-oo-roo, with the emphasis on the took-took. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are more rufous than adults, and have reduced throat spotting.

Laughing Doves eat grass, seeds, grains, other vegetation and small insects. They are fairly terrestrial, foraging on the ground in grasslands and cultivation. They are not particularly gregarious, and are usually alone, or in pairs.

Photo was taken at a waterhole in the Pilanesberg National Park. These doves are common and several feed in my garden.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-14 5:12]

Hello Willem,
Delightful capture of this beautiful Dove! Great sharpness showing wonderful details and colours of the plumage. Beautiful matcing background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Willem,
Beautiful capture!
Nice BG, ery good details and colors. Good balanced composition.
Regards and TFS,

Excellent image with superb light and plumage detail.
Great composition and sharpness.
A beautiful dove well captured.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-14 6:41]

Hello Willem,
Great shot of this dove, sharpness and colours are great.

Hello Willem
Very nice shot of Laughing Dove,
Perfect focusing and composition,
Excellent colors ,Weldone.


Hi Wilem,
Superb shot on this Laughing Dove. Great qulity soft light and a spot on exposure. The colors and detail in the plumage are just amazing. Nice frame filling composition. Nice work!

Excellent focus, detail and colour; nice composition with the diagonal. How did you get that complimentary but unusual colour on the b/g Willem? Tfs, J.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-14 11:46]

A laughing dove - that one is new to me. Beautiful shot - wonderful colors, pose, and expression.



Very beautiful, Willem.
Great sharpness and detail.
Outstanding blurred background.

now this is how a perfect exposure looks like! great shot Willem! I can even count those feather tips. bg is super. TFS!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-15 3:25]

What beautiful colors you have managed to capture on this dove, Willem.
Great POV, and absolutely stunning sharpness.
TFS. : )

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