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Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 5:52
Viewed: 331
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis) is a small pigeon that is a resident breeder in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. This small long-tailed dove is found in dry scrub and semi-desert habitats where pairs can often be seen feeding on the ground. A rufous and black chequered necklace gives it a distinctive pattern and is also easily distinguished from other doves by its call. Other names include Laughing Turtle Dove, Palm Dove and Senegal Dove.

Distribution and habitat
It is a common and widespread species in scrub, dry farmland and habitation over a good deal of its range, often becoming very tame.
Birds that land on ships may be introduced to new regions even in China and Australia.

Behaviour and ecology
The species is usually seen in pairs or small parties and only rarely in larger groups. Larger groups are formed especially when drinking at waterholes in arid regions.
Laughing Doves eat the fallen seeds, mainly of grasses, other vegetable matter and small ground insects such as termites and beetles.
Two eggs are laid within an interval of a day between them and both parents take part in building the nest, incubating and feeding the young.
The young fledge and leave the nest after about 14 to 16 days.

Source: a small selection from Wikipedia

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Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-03-18 8:01]

Just to GOOD SHOT is misbehave, this is very good shot and the missing point is the tail that is not in focus, well done.

Hello Peter,
Lovely specie of dove. Colorful bird. Lovely colorful feathers.
Nice details and sharpness.

Lovely dove and nice capture.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-03-20 8:03]


Hello Peter,
It looks like you have captured this Laughing Dove from bit top. Excellent details (sharpness bit extra in my test) and well exposure. It's common too here in Johannesburg.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,
keep shooting

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-03-24 3:44]

Hi Peter,beautiful dove from Kruger ina curious pose,an excellent capture,just the head seems a bit oversharpened. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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