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Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos, Peace and Love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-19 4:19
Viewed: 7472
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Friends, time to dip into archives again.
Here is a picture of the Laughing Dove I took in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the early days of my DSLR.

The Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) is a small pigeon which is a resident breeding bird in the tropics in Africa south of the Sahara, the Middle East and southern Asia east to India. In India it is also known as the Little Brown Dove. Probably as the result of stowaways from Africa or India, the bird is also found in a localised area of Western Australia - in and around Perth and Fremantle.
It is a common and widespread species in scrub, dry farmland and habitation over a good deal of its range, often becoming very tame.
This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Its flight is quick, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.
Laughing Dove is a long-tailed, slim pigeon, typically 25 centimetres (10 inches) in length. Its back, wings and tail are reddish-brown with blue-grey in the wings. In flight, the underwings are rich chestnut.
The head and underparts are pinkish, shading to whitish on the lower abdomen. There is black spotting on the throat. The legs are red. The chuckling call is a low oo-took-took-oo-roo, with the emphasis on the took-took. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are more rufous than adults, and have reduced throat spotting.
Laughing Doves eat grass, seeds, grains, other vegetation and small insects. They are fairly terrestrial, foraging on the ground in grasslands and cultivation. They are not particularly gregarious, and are usually alone, or in pairs.
This species has recently been placed into the genus Stigmatopelia by some authorities following the studies of Johnson et al. (2001).


matatur, Adanac, jusninasirun, mariki, eqshannon, Alex99, jaycee, uleko, nglen, rcrick, nirmalroberts, Miss_Piggy, goldyrs has marked this note useful
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Again a beautiful specimen from your rich archive Ram, those rust-colored feathers look very nice against the greens of, I think a Hedera vine maybe? TFS my friend.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-19 5:53]

Hello Ram,
What a beautiful species you bring to us today. The colors and markings in the plummage are wonderful as is your capture of them, thank you Ram.

Hello Ram,

You are very meticulous with your work. Your gallery displays awesome collection. This dove is in simple clean color well lit under the light. I like the sharpness especially around the eyes and beak. Excellent natural environment on the ground.


There almost seems to be an ironic contradiction in its proper name, but beyond that, it is plainly a dove in it's natural setting. Ia dded it to a good theme I created...for it does carry the3 notions of peace...something which seems to elude us and has for thousands of years...very nice Ram...Peaceful image~!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-19 8:03]

Hi Ram.
I congratulate you on so charming and high end quality of the image. Pictured scene is amazing as well as the composition and framing of the shot. Simply great BG created by beautiful leaves. I like similar colour tones of the bird and ground. All objects of the scene are sharp and perfectly detailed. Outstanding job. Bravo.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-19 9:35]

Hi Ram,

He resembles the Mourning Doves we have here. The colors are lovely and the wings, face and plummage are excellent. Great eye contact - he is posing nicely for you.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-19 9:58]

Hello Ram,
This is a beautiful little Dove that you've capture really well here. I love its colours and details are sharp. Beautiful light too and it looks lovely against the green leaves.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-19 10:31]

Nice image of this Laughing Dove Ram!
I'd love to hear one of these :-)
Great clarity and sharpness.
Good composition.
Very nice colours.
Thanks for sharing this!


Hi Ram,
This is lovely, well composed, excellent detail love the light and shadows, and the greens of the foliage really make this little fellow stand out, excellent work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Ram,
You captured this beautiful dove in very nice lighting and BG with sharp details and colours. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

That's marvellous, such a beautiful arrangement with nice colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Ram,

Beautiful picture of this dove. Very nice composition. Good POV and focus. Great light and colours.

Hallo Ram
Pleasant image of the Laughing Dove. You did an excellent job with this capture. Good display of the grey and brickbrown colours of the feathers. Great sharpness showing wonderful details of the eye and plumage. Nice frame filling composition. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-20 10:04]

Hello Ram. This is such a beautiful looking bird. it looks so calm . you have captured fine detail and natural looking colours. well done TFS.

ram Sir,
Very nice shot of the Laughing Dove.
The shot has perfect exposure!Nice POV!And a very informative note to boot!Thank you!
Warm regards,

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