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Fijian Golden Fruit Dove

Fijian Golden Fruit Dove
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-25 4:38
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was a really difficult subject - even in a walk through aviary. I didn't see on in the wild - they are pretty well camouflaged an stay hidden.

The Golden Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus luteovirens), also known as the Lemon Dove or Yellow Dove, is a small, approximately 20 cm (8 in) long, short-tailed fruit-dove in the family Columbidae. The common name refers to the males' bright golden-yellow colour. The body feathers appear almost iridescent due to their elongated shape and hair-like texture. The head is slightly duller with a greenish tinge. The bill, orbital skin and legs are bluish-green and the iris is whitish. The underwings and tail coverts are yellow. The female is a dark green bird with bare parts resembling those of the male. The young resembles female.

The Golden Fruit Dove is distributed and endemic to forests of Viti Levu, Ovalau, Gau, Beqa and Waya group islands of Fiji. The diet consists mainly of various small fruits, berries and insects. The female usually lays a single white egg.

The Golden Fruit Dove is closely related to the allopatric Whistling Fruit Dove and Orange Fruit Dove.

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hello James
Never seen a dove like this
great details and good composition
the colours are beautiful
thanks greetinglou

Never seen this beautiful species ever before, James.
Very nice picture of this elusive Dove from Fiji.
I love its unique appearance.
Thanks and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-25 7:55]

Hello James,
By far the best photo of this species I've ever seen. This is unique!
Excellent photo in great sharpness.

hi James,
is this a bird? really?? amazing! never seen this bird before and had no idea about it's existence! thanks for sharing this photograph with us. it's a fine photograph too. good sharpness and well captured mood. this olive green is one of my favourite colours in dresses.. seeing this bird i feel like i am sitting there in that dress :D
this purple and sea-green colours are absolutely innovative combination! could be the hard work of any potential designer. i wonder, mother Nature... in how many ways you are going to amaze me!!!!!! spellbound!

very interesting bird, his plumage, great sharp performance in this nice composition!
regards James

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-25 11:11]

Hello James.
Beautiful shot at the Golden Fruit Dove. I like the detail and exposing excellent plumage.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-25 13:12]

Hi James,you could work better in the resizing process,the pic is beautiful but little.I like this specie,a rare guest of TN gallery,and the excellent sharpness and colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello James

Excellent photo of this exotic Dove, with fine POV
and framing, excellent focus sharpness details, TFS


Hello James,
I have never seen a dove looking like this one. Beautiful plume and pleasing perch on that lateral position. Nicely captured image and thanks for sharing.

Interesting bird. Fantastic colours. Thanks for sharing.

Hello James,
A very beautiful dove you have captured, fantastic colours, great sharpness details and lovely eye-contact, a very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,
Best Regards,

great to see some work from you once again James! Welcome back!
George Veltchev

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-29 10:25]

Hello James,
Very unique plumage for a dove, the colors and texture is stunning to view. This is the first time I have ever seen this little beauty. Great work!! Thanks for posting such an interesting species.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-31 2:21]

Hello James,
a splendid image of the pristine sharpness of the fine feathers. Excellent details and the feathers are really special. Never thought there is such feathers exist.
Thanks for sharing this marvellous image.


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