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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Etosha National Park [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-30 6:42
Viewed: 5516
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Laughing dove is one of the 4 doves listed in the Map of Etosha published by Honeyguide Publications cc. The other four species are the Namaqua dove, the Cape turtle-dove, the Emerald-spotted wood-dove and the Red-eyed dove.

This Laughing Dove is captured within restcamp Namutoni in Etosha National Park.

From wikipedia...

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. Occasionally a nasal scream at one-second intervals is produced in flight or when landing. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are more rufous than adults, and have reduced throat spotting.
Sonogram of call (South India)

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).

Argus, NinaM, haraprasan, mvdisco, crs, robindb, nglen, eng55, septimiu_nemes, siggi, matatur, ferranjlloret, Juyona has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-30 7:21]

Well done Annick!
A great pose well captured in this portrait of S. senegalensis. Sharpness, composition, lighting and BG are all top notch.
TFs and have a good weekend,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-30 7:23]

Hi Annick,
Fine image, beautiful dove which is common here in India, I like the pose and that background. The dove pose and viewpoint are excellent. tfs.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-01-30 8:31]

Bonjour Annick, I just love the subtle tones on the feathers of the dove, it is beautiful. Another great portrait from you!


hallo Annick
zo scherp!en staat er leuk op zo over de schouder
mooie duif en mooi van kleur
groetjes lou

Hi Annick,
A beautiful capture of this cute looking laughing dove. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Annick,
Great pose with an excellent focus and colors,
good light and beautiful background,
Excellent POV. and details,
excellent done and very sharp and clear,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-30 10:27]

Hello Annick,

As the bird is sharply shown against the blurry background the image egts a good depth. Bird's plumage is shown in great details and colors are nice. POV you have chosen together with bird's pose makes the photo very nice.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-30 10:43]

Hallo Annick,
Dit keer eens andersom, jij een vogel, ik een zoogdier vanavond. Zelden zo´n mooie foto van een Palmtortel gezien. Bijzonder scherp en de altijd natuurlijke kleuren zijn er ook weer. Schitterende compositie en pose.
Bijzonder goed weekend,

Hi Annick,

Colour rendition and plumage detail are excellent. Positioned in front of the lighter area of the background also gives a nice effect. Well seen.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-30 10:54]

Hi Annick. One more i have never heard of let alone seen . It has nice blue colours on its back. A nice pose with the bird looking around. A good POV/DOF. all with interesting notes . well done tFS.
Have a good weekend

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-30 13:04]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot of this Dove.Well caught,framed and composed.
Thanks for posting.

very sharp picture with perfect natural light , fine details and wonderful colours ,
great POV ,
well done !TFS,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-30 13:45]

Hello Annick,
a fine shot of this pretty dove with lovely pose in a fine composition.
TFS and cheers,
Best regards Siggi

An expertly tele-macro shot of a fine looking dove in perfect exposure and detail Annick, the contrasty plumage colours look so soothing against that greenish BG. Thank you indeed for sharing this fine image my friend.

Hi Annick,
Excellent shot of this Laughing dove, well done!
TFS. Ferran.

Hello Annick,
Very lovely capture, nicely composed, beautiful colors, superb sharpness and nice pose.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-31 1:57]

Hola Annick,
magnífica calidad en esta captura,
buenos colores y tonos del plumaje,

Hello Annick
Great capture of this dove in a very pleasant pose, I like the details of the pluage

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