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Just a Pigeon

Just a Pigeon
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-29
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-16 8:29
Viewed: 4065
Points: 50
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We have a super-abundance of Mourning and White Winged Doves in Tucson but I have never seen a pigeon here. This one is in a hole in a tree which I found interesting although it might be common - I don't know.

The Rock Pigeon has a restricted natural resident range in western and southern Europe, North Africa, and into South Asia. Its habitat is natural cliffs, usually on coasts. Its domesticated form, the feral pigeon, has been widely introduced elsewhere, and is common, especially in cities, over much of the world.

The Rock Pigeon is 32–37 cm long with a 64–72 cm wingspan. The white lower back of the pure Rock Pigeon is its best identification character, but the two black bars on its pale grey wings are also distinctive. The tail is 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.

The head and neck of the mature bird are a darker blue-grey than the back and wings; the lower back is white. The green and lilac or purple patch on the side of the neck is larger than that of the Stock Dove, and the tail is more distinctly banded. 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.

From Wikipedia

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-16 8:50]

Hello Jane ! I was sure that only bikinis were to be seen in St-Tropez !:-) Well done on the Pigeon with its natural frame and good colors ! Thanks !


A beautiful composition - love the curves.
And the purple glisten in the feathers is awesome.

Les pigeons dans Etats-Unis sont abondants. Trop. Les gens se plaignent. Si nous avions su que vous aimez que les et a aucun.. nous vous enverrions quelques-uns : -)

A nicely self framed picture of what is apparently unusual in your area.

Hello Jane
Just a Pigeon?...I think not!! In the UK the pigeon is classed as vermin such as a rat would be..but they really are a very beautiful bird..The focus on the Pigeon is a little unsharp as I guess you Auto Focused and thats why the tree is pin sharp..Still its great to see a Pigeon that to you is rare.
TFS and Best Regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-16 10:24]

Hi Jane. What a unusal pose in this one . you have captured al the beautiful colours of the Pigeon. good detail and focusing.well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Jane,
Thank you for showing so many of your vacation's photo and this is one of it!
good exposure and focus with clarity and details
thanks for sharing

Hello Jane this is a beautifully composed shot, excellent details, nice capture good contrast and exposure would be nicer if the pigeon posed as well as your other birds maybe you need to train it better :-) best rgds Necip.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-16 12:19]

Hello jane,
Nice natural framing by the plain tree for this portrait of a feral dove. I also like the pose and the way the feathers iridesce in this light.
Unusual shot of the 'town pigeon'
TFS and have a nice week,

Bonjour Jane,
très jolie cette photo, la pose est adorable, et les couleurs naturelles sont superbes, très bon focus et tres bonne composition,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-16 12:37]

Very nice framing! I didn't know they were unusual. It's funny how we get used to what we live with and assume that the rest of the world has the same eyes and views
Great capture

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-16 20:34]

Hi Jane,
Just marking this post and will come back with a proper critique later.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-09-16 23:30]

Hello Jane,
Just marking my critique for now, as I don't have
much time right now to make a proper one. but I'll be back later.


Hi Jane,
A lovely capture of this pigeon inside the tree hollow. Very nice details and excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jane,
Great composition and POV. The light framing against the dark BG shows the colors of the bird well. Nicely done.


Hello Jane,
Nice shot of this pigeon from St. Tropez. Image is sharp and well seen. POV and composition are great. Very well done.

Hello Jane
Excellent shot of this Pigeon,
Great focusing,composition and DOF,Welldone.

Good Luck

Good capture of Rock Pigeon through the gap in the branches of a tree, Jane.
I admire the eye of the bird and the metallic sheen on its neck feathers.
TFS and regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-17 7:17]

Hi Jane
I like the composition of your image that present him is natural habitat whit a natural framing.Light and detaisl are also very good.
TFS Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-17 11:30]

Hello Jane,
Very fine wooden framing for this Rock Pigeon!
I wonder what he was doing up there? Great focus on the eye and sharp details of the colourful feathers. Interesting close-up of the Plain tree too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-17 11:45]

Hello Jane

Just a pigeon with lovely irridescent colours in it's plumage.The focus abd sharpness are very good.You have utilized the light very well.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


Just a pigeon, la composition est fantastique, les couleurs sont très belles.

Hi Jane,
What a great natural frame for the portrait of this Rock Pigeon. We have them here, but the morning doves are far more comman. Nice colors and detail. I love to listen to them cooing.

Focus, sharpness and details are very good. Well captured, thank you.
Best wishes,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-09-18 13:18]

selam jane, excellent shot and very good composition of this piage.nice pov and bg with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Hi Jane, original and beautiful composition, great POV, very well done, ciao Silvio

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