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Speckled Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon
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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: 2008-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-21 8:30
Viewed: 8296
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea) is a pigeon which is a resident breeding bird in much of Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common and widespread species in open habitats over a good deal of its range, although there are sizeable gaps in its distribution.

This species builds a large 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.

This is a large pigeon at 41cm in length. Its back and wings are rufous, the latter heavily speckled with white spots. The rest of the upperparts and underparts are blue-grey, and the head is grey with red patches around the eye. The neck is brownish, streaked with white, and the legs are red. Northern race has a pale rump; Southern race is darker.
The call is a loud doo-doo-doo.

Sexes are similar, but immatures are browner than adults.
The Speckled Pigeon is frequently seen around human habitation and cultivation. Most of its food is vegetable, and it gathers in large numbers where grain or groundnuts are available.

Source: Wikipedia and ‘Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara’ by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan.

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vert nice but perhaps too sharpened, TFS Ori

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-21 8:34]

hello peter
wonderful capture and beautiful species even its tail is a bit out of frame
i like pose, POV, colours and sharpness

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-21 8:47]

Hello Peter
splendid shot of this beutiful speckled pigeon. Composition and details are perfect.
TFS and G's,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-21 9:29]

Hello Peter,
This is very good captured of the Pigeon!
excellent sharpness, vivid colour and details in the shot
a good composition with good notes.
Regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-21 9:38]

Hi Peter. This looks like a large Pigeon with good feather markings , Which your shot shows us well. I like the red markings around the eye. You have taken this good detail and natural looking colours. You have lost just a little of the tail. But still a good shot of the unusual bird. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-21 10:45]

Merhaba Peter,
Bu çok ilginç güvercini yan açıyla oldukça başarılı sunmuşsun. Kanat desenleri ve göz çevresi oldukça farklı bir türmüş. Emeğine sağlık.


Beautiful capture Peter.... but I agree with fragman... just a tad too much sharpening. Detail, composition, all add to the great ID photo. TFS and take care... :)


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-21 12:57]

Hi Peter,

I have never seen such a pretty pigeon! I love the colors and the patterns of this bird. The eye patch is beautiful. You captured it in a wonderful pose and in a nice setting.


Hi Peter,
Excellent capture of this Speckled Pigeon with good POV and composition, sharp details and natural BG.

Hi Peter,
Perfectly composed and focussed capture of this pigeon. i liked the bold ring around the eye.
Details, sharpness, colours and DOF/POV are excellent.
TFS for this fine image.
Have a nice weekend!


hello peter,
fine capture, i liked the composition and the eye contact, the details of the plumage look great,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-21 19:44]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this so beautiful Speckled Pigeon with such immaculate sharpness, fine colours and clarity on its plumage. I like the details around its eye, looks so marvellous. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hallo Peter,
Mooie en grote duif, Peter.
Heb deze niet gespot in Kruger. Wordt blijkbaar ook de Rock pigeon genoemd.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-21 22:27]

Hello Peter,

You have made a fine portret of this bird showing it in great details. Due to the very sharp image plumage details can be well observed. Colors are nice and naturaly rendered so pattern can be well observed,.

Thank you for sharing,

Hallo Peter,

Mooie scherpe opname,misschien iets teveel verscherpt?
Goede achtergrond en goed geplaatst in de foto.


Hello Peter,
Great phto of this king size pigeon
Excellent focus giving all the details of the plumage
Well done & TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-22 8:32]

Hi Peter,
Nice shot taken with a good POV. About the crop, don't know if you had the chance but I'd prefer to leave some more space at the bottom and I agree with previous comment on over sharpening (it makes a lot difference on the screens we r using). TFS
All the best,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-22 9:32]

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture.Details,POV,sharpness and exposure are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-22 11:55]

Deze is ook super mooie compositie kleuren en bg , groeten teunie .

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-22 12:47]

Hello Peter,
You have captured quite a different looking pigeon here Peter and give us great colors and razor sharp details to view. Thank you for the great work.

Ciao Peter, splendid Pgeon with fantastic details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-22 13:26]

Hi Peter,
superb shot of this striking Pigeon.
Very good detail.
Excellent DOF.
Nice lighting too.

Well done!

Hello Peter,
very nice shot for very beautiful pigeon species frm Ethiopia. Great focus, POV, eyes contact and composition. maybe sharpness a bit more. But it still very nice shot. Thanks for sahring, have a nice weekend, friend

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-23 3:59]

Hello Peter,
A very fine capture of this interesting Pigeon. Great details and colours and it stands out well from the background. Good note too!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-23 11:57]

Hello Peter, very nice Pigeon, new to me. Very good sharpness and good exposure. Well done!


Hello Peter,
Many thanks for sharing such beautiful Speckled Pigeon, I loved the red pattern ring around the eye's area!
good sideway pose of it in great sharpness, nice colour and details
well done

Hi Peter,
Very good composed and focussed. Excellent sharpness.

As for the pigeon this one looks really original. Nice work Peter! You presented this species with good composition (it looks like a model :>), clarity, colouration and sharpness. Once again you prooved that you know what you are doing, and thank you for this interesting ornitological lesson.
Greetings from Lodz,

Ciao Peter,
splendida cattura di questo Piccione in bella posa, eccellente la definizione, ottimi POV e composizione che mostrano molto bene le caratteristiche e la bellezza del piumaggio.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-27 3:52]

Hello Peter,
A fine portrait of the Speckled Pigeon, a species that I know quite well but have only distant slide shots of.
The technical qualities are excellent so that we see all the features with fine sharpness from this excellent side POV.
Thanks for sharing this fie reminder of my trip to West Africa,
Best regards,

Hallo Peter
A wonderful image with clear details of this lovely bird. Your focus here was spot on, which is proof to me of your great talent as photographer. A lovely close-up pose with stunning colours and sharp details. The fine coloured patterns around the eye area is really something special. It was a real pleasure to look at. Kind regards

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