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Red-eyed dove

Red-eyed 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: 2007-10-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Date Submitted: 2008-02-11 6:33
Viewed: 3289
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to Ivan for the identification.
I refer to his accurate critique and analysis.
So it is actually a Red-eyed dove.

The Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata) is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common, if not abundant, species in most habitats other than desert.

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.

I think this could be the Cape turtle-dove.
There are seven dove species in Kruger.
Could not find anything about this this specific dove in the Wikipedia.

Some general info about the Turtle Dove...
The Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) is a member of the bird family Columbidae, which includes the doves and pigeons.

It is a migratory species with a western Palearctic range, including Turkey and north Africa, though it is rare in northern Scandinavia and Russia; it winters in southern Africa.

Camera Model Name
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shooting Date/Time
12/10/2007 17:07:16
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length
560,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
Image Quality
White Balance
AF mode
One-Shot AF
Picture Style

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To wieyos: Thanks Agoes,vanderschelden 1 02-11 08:58
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Hello Annick,
Beautiful turtle dove picture. Very nice pov and composition. Just wonder about the plumage color of this turtle dove that look strange to me. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-11 6:58]
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Hello Annick,
Though this is taken a little against the light, so that the colours are in the shade, one can make out that the colour of the eye is red. This, and the broader neck-band make it the Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata). The Cape Turtle Dove has a black eye and narrower neck-band without the grey shade on the top of the head like this image shows.
Nice composition and sharpness.
Regards, Ivan

Hi Annick,

a nice shot of a dove. a commendable clarity. Ivan's enlightening note complements well this nice picture.


Whatever the exact ID, this is a very nice capture of a lovely dove under shade Annick, still, the amount of plumage detail is quite high and coloration characteristics high. TFS my friend, and best regards,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-11 12:15]

Very interesting colour. Nice composition and - as usual - wonderful photo

Hi Annick, splendid columbiformid dove with lovely details and great sharpness, wonderful light and good colors friend!

This is a beautifully composed shot with the angled twigs and soft foliage. I too wonder about the color of both bird and twigs.

TFS more of your amazing safari,

Evelynn : )

Hello Annick,
Excellent shot of this dove, love the POV and framing, really good detail, and a wonderful light, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Annick
Lovely image of this very common but seldom photographed bird. You have captured it so well in its typical environment.TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-12 1:27]

Hi Annick,
nice Dove picture.
The photo has good composition and excellent POV.
There's a slight blue colour cast but it could easily be sorted out in PS.
Sharp and very detailed with good clarity.
Excellent BG blurring DOF.
Well done,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-13 18:54]

Hello Annick

A lovely capture of this dove,it seems every region has a very similar looking dove like this.I think it would make a good theme.
Very good focus and sharpness,the markings and feather detail shows well.
Good use of the lighting.


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