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Inca Dove.

Inca  Dove.
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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds, Peace and Love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-06 18:08
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
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The Inca Dove (Scardafella inca) is a small New World dove; it might belong to the genus Columbina. It ranges from the southwestern United States and Mexico through Central America to Costa Rica; the Inca Dove only lives on the Pacific side of Central America. Despite being named after the Inca Empire, this species does not occur in any of the lands that constituted that region. Inca Doves are common to abundant within their range and they are expanding their range north and south.

Inca Doves reach a length of 16.5 cm (6.5-8.25 in) and weigh 47-48 g (1.6 oz). They are slender, with a gray-brown body covered in feathers that resemble a scaled pattern. The tail is long and square, edged with white feathers that may flare out in flight. In flight, the underwing is reddish, like other ground doves, and on takeoff, the wings produce a distinctive, quiet rattling noise.

This is a terrestrial species which occurs in flocks in open areas including scrub and cultivation. It will feed in urban areas, eating grass seeds and taking advantage of the ready availability of water from agricultural and suburban irrigation. The song, a forceful cooing rendered variously as "cowl-coo" or "POO-pup", may be given from a tree, wire, or other open, high perch such as a television aerial.

The flimsy twig nest is built 1-8 m high in a tree, often a thorny species, and two white eggs are the normal clutch.


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To Argus: Great Honor.Luis52 1 02-07 07:19
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Soft....Even though it is sharp in photo terms, it still comes across as soft. I think this symbolic quality is why so many have associated this with peace.....but you have actually captured the softness of it's inner symbolic meaning..Very well then and I have added it to my there of peace and love...

hello Luis

great shot of a lovely bird, i love the POV of your image but
i would prefer too be a little bit low and at the level of the subject,
the sharpness and details of his plumage are excellent

i have done a workshop Luis, because there is a dominance
of the red or magenta colours on your image,
i have done the correction of that, expalnations in workshop


p.s. i'll comeback tomorrow to edit my post

hello luis,
fine capture of the dove, the bird looks beautiful , good details of the plumage and nice eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

Beautiful dove image Luis. The color and focus detail are super. Lovely pose to see the feather and facial detail.
Well done, TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-06 19:30]

Hola Luis,
A beautiful species captured superbly Luis. The colors and details you provide us with are amazing, thank you Amigo.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-06 20:26]

Hi Luis, very nice shot of this Inca Dove, and in strong light judging from the shadow. You've maintained good control over the exposure giving us great colour and contrast with great sharp detail on the bird, especially that eye. Very nicely done.

Thanks, John

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-02-06 20:58]

Hello Luis,
Nice shot of the Inca Dove. Good sharpness and details. Liked the diagonal composition. I am seeing this dove for the first time. Thanks for the share,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-07 1:22]
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Qué bonito Sr. Luis!
A beautiful capture of the Inca Dove with excellent sharpness, colours and details. The low POV is superb and the composition and lighting couldn't be better.
This is going into my favourites!
Muchas gracias amigo.
Un abrazo,

Hola Luis,
A perfectly illuminated beautiful dove, as usual in great detail my friend, somehow it looks more like a pigeon than a dove from here, but no doubt, it is an excellent capture.
Salud amigo,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-07 2:42]

Hola Luis,
que bonita paloma,
foco genial, el ángulo de captura es excelente... el plumaje precioso.
buen disparo,
saludos amigo.

Hello Luis,

Great picture of this dove. Very nice composition. Good sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-07 6:50]

Hello Luis
Nice presentation of a species I had never seen before.Good POV and sharp image.Details and colors are great.also nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Hi Luis,
Magnifique, beaucoup de netteté et de belles couleurs avec la lumière dans l'oeil c'est superbe.
Marie Pts+

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-07 7:48]

Bravo, Luis.
Perfect in every respect picture of the wonderful bird. I like excellent diagonal composition f the image, perfect wide DOF and great sharpness and details of the main character – sweet dove. My congratulations and best wishes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-07 7:56]

Hi Luis,

A beautiful shot of this dove which I have never seen. Wonderful soft natural colors. The details of the face and plummage are excellent. I love the eye!!! He is posing so nicely for you.


Hi Luis,

Beautifully captured this elegant dove. Gorgeous light which provide great details in the plumage and an excellent capture of the eye. What I'm missing recently due to the overcast weather here!


Hi Luis,

Anazing photo, good details everywhere, admirable colors, nice composition! Very well done! Thank you,


Hello Luis,
Very nice shot, excellent sharpness and good depth of field, very good composition and pov, very nice colors and details,I love those red eyes.well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-07 19:32]

Hello Luis

A lovely capture of this dove.
The plumage detail is wonderful,and the eye is striking,very good colour and sharpness.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The focus is sharp.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-07 22:07]

Ola Luis,
Que linda Inca Dove, very beautiful and
sharp capture.. the red ring around its eyes
is fantastic.. Well done


Hello Luis, very sharp shot with superb detail in the feathers. excellent dof, great pov and v.nice light. effective composition. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-02-08 12:52]

Hi luis
This is exellent capture, very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Preciosa Luis, con mucho realismo. El ojo muy bien captado y una textura del pumaje que da ganas de tocarlo. Bien encuadrada y ella posando para tí... así cualquiera jajaja.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

This is a wonderfully sharp image, Luis. I love all the details and the perfect focus on the eye. Asbed's workshop was effective.

Evelynn :)

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-08 16:24]

Hola Luis, muy bonita Inca Dove (that's all for my Spanish ;-) another fine picture from you where we can see all the details of this lovely bird, perfectly captured with a nice pose and natural rocky background. Thank you!


Great details. Love the angle of light and the shadow created. Good work! :)

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