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Red-eyed Dove

Red-eyed Dove
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-08-12 8:52
Viewed: 2145
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata) is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common, if not abundant, species in most habitats other than desert.

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.

Red-eyed Dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, typically 30 cm in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. When flying, it shows blackish flight feathers. The head and underparts are dark vinous-pink, shading to pale grey on the face. There is a black hind neck patch edged with white. The legs and a patch of bare skin around the eye are red. The call is a loud doo-doo-du-du.

Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults, and have scalloping on the body feathers.
Red-eyed Doves eat grass seeds, grains and other vegetation. They often forage on the ground.

Like several other species in this genus, they are not particularly gregarious and often feed alone or in pairs. They can be found in forests near rivers.
The Red-eyed Dove is part of the pigeon family. It is a relative of the Turtledove of North Africa and Europe. Females lay two white eggs at a time.

Source: Wikipedia

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Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely dove with fantastic red eye, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Peter
super mooie duif,apart deze kleur
goed van scherpte en prachtige kleuren
gr lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-08-12 12:19]

Hello Peter,
A very special pigeon with its red eye..interesting note. The light was quite strong I suppose.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-08-12 12:32]

Hi Peter,very good capture of this nice dove,not easy to take it because always on the ground,but your result is amazing,perfect colors and fine details too! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi, Peter. This is a great portrait of the of the lovely dove with excellent exposure, clarity, showing the fantastic redeye. Natural colors and a good note. Thanks for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-08-12 20:08]

Hello Peter,
The array of contrasting colors in this doves plumage is quite lovely. Focus is sharp and the exposure is just right. Nice eye contact with a tad bit of catchlight visible. I don't believe I have ever seen this particular bird before. Well done!!

That dark patch on the neck which actually looks like a gash is the special feature of this species of Dove found in Gambia, Peter. The red eye of the bird is clearly visible in the picture.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Peter,
Well POV photo of this Red eyed Dove. I haven't seen this species yet here. Good sharpness and BG.
Thanks for showing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Hi Peter,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details of the Red-eyed Dove, It is clear and precise. Have a nice day.


Hi Peter,
Simplistic yet very nice photo of this dove, which is quite common, but I've never heard about it before. That's why it's so entertaining hanging on this site: you can learn something new in any minute. The composition is absolutely eye-pleasing - fortunately none of us have such suggestive red eyes as this bird does! :-)
Tfs, kind regards, László

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