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Baby Pigeon

Baby Pigeon
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Copyright: Vicky Adams (Vicky) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro, SanDisk CF 256MB
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 13:31
Viewed: 4588
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For those of you who have said, like me "I've never seen a baby pigeon"...well, this is living proof that they do exist! Apparently, pigeons hide their nests, so that's why we hardly ever see the babies.

He was waiting very patiently for his mother (or father) to arrive. She seemed to leave him on his own for long periods and he just sat there waiting for her. Then, with a very noisy and violent flap of her wings, she surfaced. He then proceeded to put his head in her mouth and eat from her crop. It looked uncomfortable, but it seemed to work!

Pigeons lay two eggs at a time and shamelessly spoil their offspring to the point that, when they are ready to leave the nest, they are about the same size as their parents.

The young birds get fed "pigeon milk". Both parents manufacture a rich, fatty "milk" that looks like yellow cottage cheese. They regurgitate it and expel it into the throats of their babies. It was this that I saw... All in all, a pretty lucky find for me!

Technically, this shot was incredibly difficult to capture. The bird was hidden in a tree and I had to position my camera, on a tripod, and try and focus over the hedge in front of me which was taller than I was. I gave up using the auto focus and switched to manual. The fact that it was getting dark made it even more difficult. It is for this reason that the picture isn't as clear as I would have liked it to be.

Oh well, at least you've all seen a baby pigeon now!

ISO 400. NeatImage to remove the noise.

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Hi Vicky,
I know how difficult this kind of shots may be.
Specially when hidden between the branches, right up there.
But you managed pretty well to bring us this clear view of the baby pigeon, a first for me.
And you even made a very well balanced composition.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

very good picture
good subject
good frame
focus well done

best regards

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