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Lost Dove

Lost Dove
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 0:43
Viewed: 3617
Points: 34
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Young Dove

We found this young dove walking on our front lawn, showing no fear of us at all, and not able to fly far.

Our cat is a really good bird hunter so we decided it was best for the dove if we took it to our local “Bird Lady”, Sylvia Durrant. She is well known in New Zealand for her dedication to saving birds, injured and in distress, and releasing them back into the wild. Last year she received a Queen's honour for services to the community.

Sylvia Durrant does not like birds getting too friendly as her shelter is just a temporary home. She has a team of helpers, and for all of them, seeing birds back in the wild makes it all worth while.

Doves are part of the pigeon family, Columbidae (order Columbiformes). The names pigeon and dove are often used interchangeably. Although “dove” usually refers to the smaller, long-tailed members of the pigeon family.

jconceicao, Miss_Piggy, Argus, siggi, marhowie, eqshannon, red45, Dis. Ac., eng55, pekkavalo1, boreocypriensis, manyee, loot, ubc64 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To LordPotty: KereruJanice 3 11-24 02:32
To bobcat08: Too many!Janice 1 11-24 01:33
To red45: MeouwwwJanice 1 11-23 18:17
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Hello Janice,

Excellent photo.
Fantastic focus with beautiful details.
Lighting and definition are splendid.

Hello Janice
This is a lovely portrait, with wonderful colours and details displayed with great clarity. It is good to know that you have somebody like Silvia close by where you can take these injured or helpless birds to and you know they will be taken care of. Thanks for sharing your story and of course the beautiful dove.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-23 1:12]

Hello Janice,
A superb close-up of a juvenile Feral Pigeon (the tame form of the Rock Dove gone wild). The POV details and sharpness are top class.
You did well to let this youngster be taken care of by Sylvia Durrant and you and injured birds are lucky to have her.
TFS this fine image and note,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-23 1:19]

Hello Janice,
This is a beautiful portrait of this dove. The colurs of the bird and the BG are great and the pose of the dove makes this photo stand out. Best regards.

Oh dear Janice. Does this mean there are not many Kereru left to be found in Auckland ?
OK .... Its quite pretty I suppose, but not a patch on our beautiful native pigeons.
Its about time we saw another Kereru from you isn't it?
Now there's a challenge for you :)

(oops ...I'm out of smileys :)

Hi Janice,
Nice job - both the photo and the rescue :)
Great closeup portrait - Very detailed, and I like this green BG too..
Well done mf,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-23 6:04]

Hi Janice,
Wonderful close-up shot of this Dove in a cool pose. Amazing sharpness and details on its plumage and the lighting is superbly handled. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Absolutely great close in shot Janice...sometimes they will let you do that...I have had such luck at times...Very nicely presented..Getting ready for an ocean swim soon as you know it will snow here in a few days.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-11-23 8:20]
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Hi Janice!

All I can say is - oh my, poor cat :-) Why you're so cruel :-) This dove's destiny was to meet your fantastic cat! And you ruined it... ;-)
You know that I'm not very big fan of pigeons, doves, etc. but this one looks quite tasty :-) Miauuuu! [*]

[*] Polish cats say 'miauuuu!' when meet something like dinner from your photo :-)

Hi Janice,

great portrait of this young dove.
Good of details and with beautiful colors.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-23 11:35]

Hi Janice,
Lovely portrait.I liked details,BG,framing and DOF you managed a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Janice,
Excellent close-up shot of this juvenile Dove. Good POV and composition, sharp details, good lighting and colours.

Hi Janice,
A lovely and perfect capture of this baby dove with great details on its plummages and excellent focus on its face.
TFS and have a nice new week!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-23 18:29]

Wow, Janice.
What a fantastic close-up.
The details are super sharp. I can see each individual feather. : 0
Beautiful light and colors. The BG is lovely too.
What a great story about Sylvia Durrant.
TFS. : )

Hi Janice,

Wonderful close-up shot of this Dove in a cool pose. Amazing sharpness and details on it's plumage. The lighning is great. I read your answer to Steve and fortunately there are enough pigeons up North.

Thanks and regards TFS BOB

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-24 9:21]

Hello Janice, Very nice shot and a good closeup shot. Very sharp picture. Ganesh

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-11-24 20:01]

Hi Janice

Now I suppose this qualifies you for a nomination of a "GreenPeace award". Especially since the dove is the universal symbol of peace. Good rescue and sorry for you cat.

This is such a lovely image. The sharp details of the bird's facial features and frontal plumage on this "in-your-face close-up" and the soft greenish BG gave the shot a fine quality which is very soothing on the eyes. Lovely colours and excellent composition added to ensure this is a wonderful posting from your lens.

Very well done MF and TFS.
Kia Ora

PS. Please say "Hi" to Dave.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-11-25 19:35]

Hi Janice,

Very sharp, colorful close-up of that dove. It was nice of you to take the dove to your local "Bird Lady". The doves where I live are called Mourning Doves. They like to make a mournful cooing sound. They perform cleanup duty under our Goldfinch feeders. TFS.


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