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My 200th posting

My 200th posting
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 166 N: 13016] (48472)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South Africa 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-03 8:16
Viewed: 5885
Points: 80
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Hello all friends of TN,
My 200th posting is the same as my first posting: the African Green Pigeon. Only in another pose and composition.
I have very good memories on this photo. In the beginning I was very curious if this photo was good enough to attract the attention.
To my astonishment it did. A short time later I became a mail from South Africa if they can use this photo for a bird guide. That was good for my self-confidence. Now its published in the Sasol Guide Birds of the Bushveld.
Since then Ive been almost every day on TN to see all your beautiful photos and give my critiques and receive yours, except when Im on holiday.

Its great to be here. My contacts with a lot of you with the same passion works enslaving.
And Ive learned a lot.
So my thanks to everyone for all of your encouragement and help. And Im still learning every day.

The African Green Pigeon , treron calva, is common resident, but most of the time they are high in the treetops and hide between the leaves. It's difficult to make a good photo of this bird. I was lucky to become such a shot in the Kruger NP.

The bird has a bright green colouring, yellow on the wings and leg feathers plus a red base to bill and red legs. Length 30 cm.
Call an explosive, high pitched yet melodious bubbling, descending in pitch.
Flocks frequent in well-wooded regions, riverine forests and wooded hillsides where wild figs are fruiting.
Difficult to locate from its habit of remaining still among the foliage, concealed by its cryptic colouring.
When you approach closely the flock explodes from the tree flied off rapidly.
(Source: Birds of Southern Africa Kenneth Newman)

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Hello Peter,

Sorry no time, only marking.

Hello Peter
Many congratulations on your 200th post but most of all congratulations on being published in a Bird Guide...That is just brilliant as this picture is...I have and probably never will see an African Green Pigeon...I amazed at this bird!!
Best Regards and I hope you can have more pictures published.
Best Regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-03 8:56]

Hi Peter,

A hearty congratulations on #200. I always look forward to your wonderful shots and I'm not at all surprised that your photo was chosen for a bird guide. A wonderful way to celebrate by posting the same bird as your first. This Green Pigeon is picture perfect with beautiful colors and fantastic clarity. The eye is magnificent and he seems to be smiling for the camera. Beautiful pose in the olive tree. Here's to the next 200!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-03 9:09]

Hello Peter,
This capture is wonderful,great colors and details.
Fantastic job,bravo!
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-03 9:31]

Hello friend,
I saw this bird in SA, and was very far for my lens :((
beautiful capture Peter, good colors and pov. congratulations,

Ola Peter
Linda foto com otimos detalhes e cores, a ave de fato muito bela e bem diferente, a luminosidade esta otima.

Hello Peter,
congrats on your 200th post,this is wonderful and superb image of green pigeon,very nicely captured,well done,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2638 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2008-07-03 10:43]

Hello Peter!

Big congratulations for your 200th! Great looking bird to celebrate your milestone. Good pose, colours and note. I hope you'll send next 200 photos soon :-)

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-03 10:53]

Merhaba Peter,
Postaladığınız 200. kare iin sizi candan tebrik ediyorum. Zaten olduka zengin portfynze eklediğiniz bu foto da olduka hoş olmuş. Elinize sağlık.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2008-07-03 10:54]

Amazing species of pigeon. Good shot, well quality of photo. I like it.
Congratulations on Your 200th post in TN!
Gr., Aleksander

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-03 11:17]

Hi Peter. Well congratulations on 200 postings. i enjoy looking at you pictures al lthe time . And to get it in a guide. Mind you looing at this one i can see why. excellent detail and colours. I shall lookforward to many more from you.
Regards Nick..

nice pigeon, TFS Ori

Hi Peter, My dear friend,
CONGRATULATIONS! on this milestone! 200th post! Great work my friend! Many thanks for all of your excellent contributions. A lovely and perfect capture to celebrate this event. Perfectly compğosed and great colours. TFS this too my friend.
All the best!


Hi Peter,

Congratulations on your 200. Very good capture of this colourful Pigeon. Good composition, sharp details, great BG and colours.



Hallo Peter,

Wat een prachtige opname van deze mooi gekleure duif.
Goed van scherpte en mooi in de foto geplaatst.


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-07-03 17:19]

Hi Peter
Congratulations on 200 posts,a wonderful portfolio of amazing varieties of birdlife each one captured like this one with superb detail and nice natural color
tfs jon


Congratulations on your 200th post! This is definitely an accomplishment - lots of time is definitely required to take so many quality pictures. Your patience and perseverance has paid off! I've enjoyed watching your work. Thanks for sharing with us.

Best Regards,


A splended shot, Peter!you have a tresure of these lovely shots!And while saying congratulations to you on your 200th post, I'd like to thank you for you immense contribution to this site, as well!
Thanks a lot!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-03 21:01]

Hello Peter

Congratulations on number 200.
I have enjoyed your many beautiful images.
This one is lovely.
The plumage colours are beautiful with excellent detail.
Very good eye contact.


Hi Peter, congratulations for your splendid 200th post on TN, splendid bird with fantastic colors, superb details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

One might think me bazaar but there is a symbolic meaning in this to say "Universal peace amongst all colours". the Pigeon looks so much like a Dove which is Peace and then you have the intriguing blend of colours which speak for themselves...Congrats on your 200th Peter. Such nice work you always do. Sometimes I forget who is all here, but am pleasantly reminded from time to time..Thanks for sharing and again...A BIG APPLAUSE!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-07-04 9:26]

Hello Peter,
Congratulations and thank you for being with us!! You certainly had a good start which you deserved and I've really enjoyed all your splendid contributions and look forward to many more! The colours of this Pigeon are amazing - I particularly like the yellow leggings! It has obviously got a very strong beak to cope with those fruits and the smooth plumage is wonderful. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-04 14:11]

Congratulations on posting your 200th, Peter!! :-D
Lovely colours here.
The composition is great!
Nice light and a great exposure.

Well done!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2008-07-04 23:01]

Hi Peter,
Congrats on your 200th posting :o) Colors and patterns of the plumage look very good. TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-04 23:08]

Congratulations on 200th! Outstanding and interesting post. Exceptional details, focus, and eye contact. I love the beautiful natural colors of this pigeon and you captured them well with excellent exposure.

Hola Peter,
Enhorabuena por tu 200th y gracias por obsequiarnos con esta magnfica captura de este precioso ejemplar con estos colores tan bellos. Saludos
Jos Ramn

Hi Peter,
Congratulations on reaching the 200th mark. A nice capture of this beautiful pigeon to celebrate it. Excellent details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Peter,
Congrats on the 200 mark and getting this one published. I remember 4 years ago when I was first contacted by a magazine to use "Reflected Drinker" (a wasp). It did bolster my enthusiasm/confidence as well.
Beautiful shot for it's nice even exposure and great colors/details.
The complimentary setting here works well to provide a natural framing of your subject.
Well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2008-07-05 4:11]

Hi Peter,
CONGRATULATIONS for your 200th postings and what an outstanding shot of this beautiful African Green Pigeon to mark this occasion. Lovely colours and details on its silky plumage and the image is tack sharp. I like the natural setting here and the intensity on its blue eye. Excellent POV and composition. kudos.

* Wish to see many many more from you Peter in the coming days.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5830 W: 89 N: 14938] (62666)
  • [2008-07-05 4:19]

Hi Peter ,nothing better to celebrate the 200th post! This bird is a great puzzle of colors perfectly taken,perfect sharpenss and beautifull choice of the point of view,thanks for share and for your preciuos work on TN,have a nice day,Luciano

Complimenti per la 200th su TN, bellissimo uccello ripreso con un eccellente POV, molto bella la composizione ambientata, buona nitidezza, fantastici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Peter, perfect shot of this beautifully coloured pigeon. Also congrats that you reached 200th postings. TFS. Regards,

Hi Peter, congrats on the 200th posting! Wonderful shot of this beautiful pigeon species with great details. TFS. Regards,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-05 23:02]

Hi Peter

Great shot - and congratulations. A very good close-up capture. Good detail throughout.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-06 1:11]

hello peter
congratulations on your 200th post
here is beautiful and cute bird and good capture
i like pose, POV and colours

Hello Peter,
congratulations on your 200th. I wish you many hundreds posts on TN. This is great capture of Green Pigeon. Superb colors, great POV and composition. focus also very nice. Thanks for sharing. best wishes

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-09 19:16]

Congrats Peter on this 200th! This is a very good one indeed. Great bird and lovely shot, sharp, good exposure and a very good result, well done, thanks!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2008-07-10 11:46]

Hello Peter,
What a fine way of marking your 200th post with this fine shot of an African Green Pigeon.
This is a superb sharp close portrait of the pigeon taken from your archives: well worth saving for the occasion!
TFS sharing this beauty,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hallo Peter,
Beautiful African green pigeon for your 200th. Congrats.
Many more pic's!
Maybe the shutter speed was a bit too long; I know sometimes the light is not sufficient though...even in tropical conditions.
I haven't spotted this one in Kruger:-(.

Sharpness 3/5
Depth of Field 4/5
Pose 5/5
Colours 4/5
Light 3/5

Overall 4/5

Well done.

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