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Rock pigeon

Rock pigeon
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-28 16:41
Viewed: 7054
Points: 68
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Hello All

I would post a new shot with another sign of spring but they are very rarey and only on warm and sunny days, since a few days we have colder temperaturs, grey sky, rain and cold wind, so all the flowers are nonexistent or stay closed and we can't see no insect and butterfly

i am posting a shot from the archives
i have taken this shot in the neighbour town

Rock Pigeon
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

he Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), or Rock Dove, is a member of the bird family Columbidae (doves and pigeons). In common usage, this bird is often simply referred to as the "pigeon". The species includes the domestic pigeon, and escaped domestic pigeons have given rise to the Feral Pigeon.

Wild Rock Pigeons are pale grey with two black bars on each wing, although domestic and feral pigeons are very variable in colour and pattern. There are few visible differences between males and females. The species is generally monogamous, with two squabs (young) per brood. Both parents care for the young for a time.
Habitats include various open and semi-open environments, including agricultural and urban areas. Cliffs and rock ledges are used for roosting and breeding in the wild. Originally found wild in Europe, North Africa, and western Asia, feral Rock Pigeons have become established in cities around the world. The species is abundant, with an estimated population of 17 to 28 million feral and wild birds in Europe.


The adult of the nominate subspecies of the Rock Pigeon is 32–37 cm (12–14½ in) long with a 64–72 cm (25–28 in) wingspan. It has a dark bluish-gray head, neck, and chest with glossy yellowish, greenish, and reddish-purple iridescence along its neck and wing feathers. The iris is orange, red or golden with a paler inner ring, and the bare skin round the eye is bluish-grey. The bill is grey-black with a conspicuous off-white cere, and the feet are purplish-red.
The adult female is almost identical to the male, but the iridescence on the neck is less intense and more restricted to the rear and sides, while that on the breast is often very obscure.
The white lower back of the pure Rock Pigeon is its best identification character, the two black bars on its pale grey wings are also distinctive. The tail has a black band on the end and the outer web of the tail feathers are margined with white. It is strong and quick on the wing, dashing out from sea caves, flying low over the water, its lighter grey rump showing well from above.
Young birds show little lustre and are duller. Eye colour of the pigeon is generally an orange colour but a few pigeons may have white-grey eyes. The eyelids are orange in colour and are encapsulated in a grey-white eye ring. The feet are red to pink
When circling overhead, the white underwing of the bird becomes conspicuous. In its flight, behaviour, and voice, which is more of a dovecot coo than the phrase of the Wood Pigeon, it is a typical pigeon. Although it is a relatively strong flier, it also glides frequently, holding its wings in a very pronounced V shape as it does. Though fields are visited for grain and green food, it is nowhere so plentiful as to be a pest.
Pigeons feed on the ground in flocks or individually. They roost together in buildings or on walls or statues. When drinking, most birds take small sips and tilt their heads backwards to swallow the water. Pigeons are able to dip their bills into the water and drink continuously without having to tilt their heads back. When disturbed, a pigeon in a group will take off with a noisy clapping sound.
Homing pigeons, are well known for their ability to find their way home from long distances. Despite these demonstrated abilities, wild Rock Pigeons are sedentary and rarely leave their local areas.


The Rock Pigeon breeds at any time of the year, but peak times are spring and summer. Nesting sites are situated along coastal cliff faces, as well as the artificial cliff faces created by apartment buildings with accessible ledges or roof spaces.
The type of nest constructed is a flimsy platform of straw and sticks, put on ledge, under cover. Often window ledges of buildings. Two white eggs are laid with incubation that is shared by both parents lasting from seventeen to nineteen days.
The nestling has pale yellow down and a flesh-coloured bill with a dark band. It is tended and fed on "crop milk" like other doves. The fledging period is 30 days.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-28 17:21]

Hi Jaqueline
Lovely capture this rock pigeon!
Great and sharp details !
I like the beautiful colors and the light!

Hello Jacqueline.
This Rock Pigeon seems to pose for the photo!
Colours, constrast and details are excellent.
I liked much of this work!
Congratulations and TFS!
José Roberto

bonjour Jacqueline

c'est une superbe photo en close-up du pigeon biset,
excellent POV et DOF, superbe focus netteté et détails
de l'oiseau, c'est ta meilleure photo d'oiseau, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-28 22:02]

Hi Jacqueline.
Great three-dimensional picture of a nice pigeon. You have presented all its charming features (including elegant shapes and fine colouration) at so attractive and natural surroundings perfectly. Superb DOF and details of all scene. Nice composition and eye-contact with bird. Well done and best wishes.

Hallo Jacqueline
Your image is filled with some lovely colour and detail that is well seen. The clarity of colours of the plumage on this beautiful pigeon are excellently captured. Viewpoint first rate and the sharpness cannot be better. I favour the centred composition. It is very eye-catching and is pleasing to look at. Great photography and I thank you kindly for sharing. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-28 23:16]

Hello Jacqueline,
A fine capture of a Rock Pigeon, or feral pigeon with its ancestral plumage. The POV shows its features with excellent sharpness and colours that contrast well against the mud bank BG.
Thanks and have a good week,

Ciao Jacqueline,
une très belle photo de ce pigeon, bien detaillé, j'aime l'arrière-plan, une très jolie composition avec un excellent contraste et luminosité de couleus.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne journée

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-29 0:47]

Hello Jaqueline,
you show us a wonderful Rock Pigeon. Excellent sharpness, fantastic colours, lighting and bg. This is an excellent composition. Thank you for posting.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-29 1:30]

Hello Jacqueline,
Excellent photo of this Rock Pigeon in beautiful natural colours and great sharp details. Very good POV, DOF and contrasting BG. Nice composition.

Ciao Jaqueline. A pleasant pigeon in good details and DOF. Very well the light on metallic colours.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-29 5:14]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Une image qui mérite bien d'être montrée, même si c'est un pigeon qui y figure. Car tu nous le montres à l'état sauvage et dans son environnement naturel. Et la netteté ici est au top. La gestion de la lumière excellente et la présentation très plaisante. Merci aussi pour la note instructive.
Bonne semaine!

Ciao Jacqueline, I'm waiting for your firsy butterfly:), lovely pigeon with splendid red ey, good natural colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Jaqueline
super picture with great sharpness and good details very nice light with beautiful colours
very nice BG. on the rock
greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-29 15:12]

Hello Jaqueline,
Since I was a young boy I have always had a facination with pigeons. My cousin had Homing Pigeons and would bring a few of them over to my house and release them.
I can still remember the thrill of watching them circle the house a couple of times and then make a beeline towards their home roost.
Your pigeon photo is simply stunning and brings back many wonderful memories from my boyhood. The detail is super fine and the iridescent colors are gorgeous. Outstanding!!!
Thanks for the memories!!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-03-30 1:16]

Slav Jacqûelîne,
Very nice picture of this lovely Rock pigeon with excellent sharpness and splendid colors.TFS.
Have a nice day,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-30 5:19]

Salut Jacqueline
Tres bonne capture de ce pigeon.Image parfaitement en focus avec d'excellent detail.Les couleurs sont excellente et naturel.
Merci Michel

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-03-30 9:40]

Bonjour Jacqueline! Belle photo bien nette de ce Pigeon Bizet! Bonne exposition, image bien composée et une très bonne qualité générale, bravo!


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-30 13:08]

Bonsoir Jaqueline,
une macro belle.
composition exceptionnelle.
J'aime le POV que vous avez choisi.
Une très belle soirée,

P.S. J'espère que vous avez aimé ma petite dédicace pour vous.

Hi Jacqueline,

Lovely capture of this cute pigeon from nice POV with flawless details, good DOF and delightfull composition.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Hi Jaqueline,

an very good picture from this dove with good pov and details.
Fine colours and also good composition.
I'll find you are better than an year ago with the photographs.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10650)
  • [2010-04-01 3:20]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Very nice shot ...
Composition, soft tone colors and detail are excellent.
Best wishes,

Hello Jacqueline,
Congratulations, the light is perfectly level, so much so that the details and volume in the structure of the bird, bordering perfection. Very good job, also the background is well handled, holding the level of detail necessary, without damaging the contrast, or cause distraction. Very good job, this pigeon has become a model!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-01 21:12]

Hi Jacqueline,
nice pose by the rock pigeon. Yiou have given a good colour rendition and sharpness against the rcky background.
Very pretty feature and you composed it very lively.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-03 11:39]

Hello Jacqueline,
I hope the warmth has returned to you by now and that you'll soon been posting lots of lovely signs of spring! But this excellent capture of a rock Pigeon from your archives was certainly worth posting; I love the sharpness and the beautiful colours and how it stands out from the background.
Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2010-04-03 18:35]

Hello Jacqueline
Nice shot with wonderful colors, excelent light and details. Good sharpness adn amazing composition.
Well done

ciao Jacqueline!
good portrait of pigeon on the rocks
good definition and well exposed
Happy Easter to you and your family

Excelente enfoque y pose del ave. Magníficos colores.

Bonjour Jacqueline,

La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de ce pigeon. L'image est claire et nette. le sujet est bien cadré. La lumière du matin rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-17 21:35]

Hello Jacqueline,
Wow, this is a superb image of this pigeon with all technical attributes being splendid. Thank you Jacqueline.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-26 15:07]

Hi Jacqueline,

Excellent photo of that Rick Pigeon! The colours and details of all aspects of the pigeon are outstanding. Great eye contact. Superior composition. TFS.


Hellow Jacqueline,
Pinsharp image and spot on exposure showing the patterns and different colours on its neck, body and wing feathers.Proud pose in its envirnment.

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-09-12 15:07]

Hi again!

This photo's clarity is so good I alomst feel like I want to touch the pigeon!



Bonjour Jacqueline,
Très belle publication dans laquelle le sujet est admirablement mis en valeur dans une remarquable attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Bonjour Jacqueline,

This one is one of your best shots. The subject's crystal clear, sharpness is second to none, so are the colors, and the simple background helps to isolate the subject. Excellent pose as well. Composition-wise also a valuable shot, there's more space in front of than behind the pigeon. Probably I'd crop more of the bottom, but it's only an idea, not an error. Beautiful post. Congrats and tfs.

I wish you & your loved ones a healthy and prosperous new year, friendly regards, László

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