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African Green Pigeon

African Green Pigeon
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of Kruger National Park Through My Eyes, Birds Of South Africa - Part 2, White Background Wildlife Photography [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2019-08-24 12:10
Viewed: 308
Points: 8
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African Green Pigeon (Treron calvus)

I have captured this picture of African Green Pigeon at Kruger National Park during our staying at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp.

Their upperparts are greyish green to yellowish green, their thighs are yellow with mauve patches on the top of the wing. The green plumage provides a great camouflage in the tops of trees. Their bills are red at the base white at the tip. Their feet are also red.
They eat mainly fruit such as figs.

May to February is the most common time. They build a frail platform of coarse twigs and leafs on a sloping or a horizontal fork of a leafy tree. 1 to 2 eggs are laid. Chicks hatch after about 13 days. The male is in charged to look for small branches and to carry them to the female on the nest, the female accommodates them. The female chooses the place to nest and remains there waiting for the male to supply to her materials to build the nest. They are vey good parents. They incubate all the time, they never leave the nest alone.

They are usually gregarious, all in small groups. They forage in trees, flapping to keep there balance, and often hanging upside down. There green plumage makes effective camouflage. Their flight is fast and direct.
Woodland, especially riverine and fig forest.

Where they are found
Green pigeons are found in Zimbabwe, northern and eastern Botswana, northern Namibia, Mozambique, the Northern Province, Mpumalanga and east coast of South Africa

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Hello Srikumar,
Recently I was for 2 days in Danube Delta...A wonderful wild Delta.
I like your interesting and colorful pigeons. Nice birds. Excellent capture.

Hi Srikumar,

The branch is helping to frame the birds. The point of view is showing the detailsof the African Green Pigeons. The white sky does not hurt the rendering of the colors. Have a nice day.


Wow! Classic Audubon-style picture! Great composition and clarity - getting the xposure correct must have been very difficult.

Hi Srikumar,the best exposure to take the african green pigeons in this terrible light,lovely composition too very sharp and bright,useful post about this species as usual. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Sri,
I don't like white backgrounds, however, I more or less liked your other 2 photos made with this technique. But this one doesn't work for me. The pigeons are too small in the frame and the entire image is overruled by this blinding whiteness. Very unpleasant to look at (for me. Other people have different opinions, which is normal). I respect you very much, both as a person and as a photographer, so I rather avoid rating this pic. I just wish to see real nature photos from you again, you have a lot of extraordinary ones - not dull images with overprocessed yet uninteresting background as the main selling point.
Kind and respectful regards, László

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