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Diamont Dove

Diamont Dove
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-03 7:53
Viewed: 4231
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image is from my archive and was taken in captivity at Dessert House Vienna.

The Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata) is a bird resident in Australia.
The dove predominantly exists in areas near water but which are lightly arid or semi-arid in nature, being Central, West and Northern Australia. They are one of Australia's smallest pigeons along with the Peaceful Dove. They have been spotted occasionally in Southern Australia in parks and gardens when the centre of Australia is very dry.
They are small pigeons with a length of 19 to 21 centimetres. Regardless of the gender, they have white spots and black edges on their wings, orange eyes and red eye-rings. The genders look similar except the female's eye ring is less vivid and has more of a brown colour to the plumage. The male's head, neck, and breast are light blue-grey. The bill is a dark grey colour. The abdomen is a creamy colour while the back and tail is a brown-grey colour. The legs and feet are pink. The juveniles have a light grey bill; the iris and eye ring is fawn in colour; the feet and legs are grey; the breast is grey and they do not possess any white spots on their wings.
The Diamond Dove can often be seen on the ground with a toddling run. Their flight is strong and direct and can be undulating. The wings can make a whistling "frrr" noise when flying.
Diamond doves tend to be seen in pairs or small groups feeding off the ground. They feed off seed mostly from grasses. They will also eat ants.
The doves tend to breed after rain but mostly in spring in Southern Australia. nests are usually built from interwoven grasses and/or twig. They are of fragile construction. Two white eggs are usually laid and incubated for 13 to 14 days. Chicks are usually fully feathered and flying by two weeks.
They are known to have a variety of calls. The calls sound mournful, slow and have a falsetto quality to them. Two calls consist of two long coos followed by a pause and then a long, short and long coo. Sometimes they call two long coos. The alarm coo consists of a few short but loud coos.
Diamond Doves are not listed as threatened on the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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hello Mircea
very good sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Mircea, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic red eye, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, y friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Mircea,
Beautiful picture of this dove with good details & sharpness.
Taken from a good POV & great eye contact. I've seen the bird 1st time on TN.
Well done & TFS.

Hallo Mircea
This is such a beautiful image of a beautiful bird in a beautiful pose. I just love the shyish look it gives you, the humble way it sits on the wall and the attitude of grace that surrounds it. The details of the plumage is captured beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Mircea,
Excellent capture with your normal sharpness of detail. Beautiful colours and a great DOF. Well done.
Best regards,

Salut Mircea,
O specie superba. Detaliile sunt si ele excelente iar culorile deosebite.
Faina prezentare!

What a beautiful bird!
Nice setting and excellent detail.
regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-03 11:14]

Hello Mircea.
Excellent sharp capture of this beautiful dove.I like sharp details in plumage and his pose with nice eye contact.Very good composition,DOF and beautiful colors with good light.Well done.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-03 11:28]

Hello Mircea,
Very nice photo of this Diamond Dove in excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Attractive shy pose. Good DOF.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-12-03 13:24]

Parabéns por esta foto com cores e nitidez muito boa,tons agradáveis e composição ótima,meus parabéns mais uma vez por este belo trabalho.

Ciao Mircea. DOF details and sharp are perfect. Best colours results. Amazing light. Very well done.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-03 15:56]

HI Mircea,very rare dove specie,i never seen before,a great capture whit excellents sharpness and colors,the red eye details are fantastics.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mircea
Interesting species and beautiful photo with wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

Buna Mircea
Un portret excelent al unei speci fantastic colorata.Detalii si culorile perfecta.

wonderful photo and performance!
regards, Nasos

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-04 5:35]

Hello Mircea,
very nice image of this beauty with great sharpness and fine detail, very beautiful light and natural colours.
Very well done!

Bonjour Mircea,
Excellente valorisation du sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Mircea,
really nice photo of this bird. Great point of view. Nice colours. Perfect composition. Excellent sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Mircea, Fabulous detailed sharpness with fine clarity my good friend, excellent exposure/white balance to lend to these beautiful natural colours, superb quality work from you once again Mircea Bravo! and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hi Mircea,
Lovely photo of this Dove, beautiful details, good sharpness, nice eye-contact and beautiful colours, a very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Hello Mircea,
Very beautiful indeed with wonderful colours and quality. Well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-12-07 2:17]

Hello Mircea,
very pretty bird. It fluffy feathers and its simple pose is so attractive. With the sharpness and the clear feature it gives an outstanding view.
very well done.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-12-08 3:35]

Buna Mircea,
A bird is very cute ..
Excellent pov and sharp image with nice detail.
Best wishes,

Mircea, this is such a great shot of this dove. Beautiful clarity and sharpness. Thanks for commenting on my gull. Bill

Hallo Mircea,
a very beautiful capture of this exotic bird, very good sharpness and marvellous colours,
excellent point of view
Best regards

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