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Eared Dove

Eared Dove
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-03 5:25
Viewed: 6912
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another bird that I saw in the garden of the Arnos Vale hotel. The eared dove is fairly common in the more open areas, especially on Tobago. It is probably a partial migrant, for numbers seem to increase during the wet season, when it may be seen in small flocks. It is a medium sized pigeon, generally greyish brown with conspicious black spots on the wings coverts; it also has black markings on the side of the head, with an iridescent violet patch beside its ears. Although the sexes are roughly similar, the female is duller on the whole. Its call is a typical pigeon's cooing.
Like many of this family, this dove feeds on the ground mainly on seeds.
It breeds in most months of the year, constructing a small nest of twigs which is placed usually quite low in a tree, often a mangrove at a swamp edge. The two white eggs are incubated by both parents and the time for incubation and fledging together is little more than three weeks.

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Nice bird and very nice background. Excellent DOF you created.

TFS Greetz Kristy

Talented bird photographer!
Well done.

Hi Zeno,
This is a great dove portrait! As they are very common here, it is not a reflex for me to photograph them but I understand that it must not be that common for the rest of the world. Good details with excellent colors and composition. Well done again :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-03 11:33]

Hello Zeno,
Another sharp bird portrait. You have captured this dove in an interesting pose and there is a fine background that suggests a garden.
TFS this and the info.
Regards, Ivan

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-09-03 11:51]

hi Zeno,

nice presentation of this species, also the photo have a very good BG who make the birds to stand aout.
spot on detail and a nice POV.


hi zeno
le fond est tres beau ,coloré et bien flou cela detache parfaitement le tourterelle qui elle est tres nette.belle reussite.

Hello my friend, nice dove with an original blu ringed eye.

Good compo,


Hi Zeno

Lovely colours to this shot. Perfect eye contact with this fella looking right down the lens. Good work, TFS.

Hi Zeno,
A very good shot on this Eared Dove. I like your frame filling composition and tight crop here. Nice sharp detail. Well seperated from that beautiful OOF backround. Looks great!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-09-04 15:29]

Hi Zeno.
What a nice bird you have shared with us. I think this is really outstanding picture of the bird. I like everything in it. Colours of the bird and excellent BG, great details and sharpness, bird's pose and composition, etc. Bravo and my compliments.

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