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Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-02-24 23:48
Viewed: 827
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is a small and somewhat long-tailed pigeon that is a common resident breeding bird across its native range on the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species has been introduced into many parts of the world and feral populations have become established.

This species was formerly included in the genus Streptopelia with other turtle-doves, but studies suggest that they differ from typical members of that genus. This dove is long tailed buff brown with a white-spotted black collar patch on the back and sides of the neck. The tail tips are white and the wing coverts have light buff spots.

There are considerable plumage variations across populations within its wide range. The species is found in light forests and gardens as well as in urban areas. They fly from the ground with an explosive flutter and will sometimes glide down to a perch. It is sometimes also called the mountain dove, pearl-necked dove, lace-necked dove, or spotted turtle-dove.


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Hi Ram,
Spectacular photo with lovely pose of the dove. I love lights, colors, composition and the eye contact here, however, the head and the plumage seem a bit out of focus, while the left leg's completely sharp. Probably, if you use selective sharpening in Photoshop (or the program you work with) it might help. Everything else is fine on the image, nonetheless.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-02-25 5:16]

Hi Ram,very common species but always nice to see,i like the composition and the bright colors but you lost some details,especially of the head,no problem,nobody is perfect. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Sir,

Nice shot of the dove in a very attractive pose. A little more sharpness would have been wonderful.

Warm Regards,

Hi Ram,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details of the Spotted Dove. The light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely dove in nice pose, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ram,
I see what you mean, the gleam in the eye of the dove ... Being a beginner in bird photography, I try to apply some rules that I learned and I notice that you have assimilated the same rules long ago. Good angle of view. Too little DOF but ok. You see, I learn!
Thanks and greetings, Dietrich

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