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Smiling wood pigeon

Smiling wood pigeon
Photo Information
Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital), Canon 2x extender II
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-21 22:20
Viewed: 7114
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I can't help to see a smile. Of course it's just the way their bill is built.

Columba palumbus
Le pigeon ramier.
In the colder northern and eastern parts of its Europe and western Asia range the Common Wood Pigeon is a migrant, but in southern and Western Europe it is a well distributed and often abundant resident. It is a basically grey bird, with a pinkish breast. Size at 3843 cm. White on its neck and wing. Juvenile birds do not have the white patches on either side of the neck. It breeds in trees in woods, parks and gardens, laying two white eggs in a simple stick nest which hatch after 17 to 19 days. The young usually fly at 33 to 34 days. Most of its diet is vegetable, taken from open fields or gardens and lawns; young shoots and seedlings are favored, and it will take grain, as well as certain fruits and berries.

Cloudy bright light.
This wood pigeon was most trustful.
Shot in RAW. Minor sharpness, noise, saturation, levels adjustments prior to resize & jpeg for TN.

Thanks for looking,

Camera Model Canon EOS 50D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.0.7
Shooting Date/Time 21/06/2010 11:12:42
Shooting Mode Program AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/400
Av( Aperture Value ) 6.3
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 100
Auto ISO Speed ON
Lens EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +2.0x
Focal Length 175.0mm
Image Size 4752x3168
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
FE lock OFF
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode One-Shot AF
Picture Style Standard
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Color tone 0
Color Space sRGB
Long exposure noise reduction 0:Off
High ISO speed noise reduction 0:Standard
Highlight tone priority 0:Disable
Auto Lighting Optimizer 0:Standard
Peripheral illumination correction Disable
File Size 18144KB
Dust Delete Data No
Drive Mode High-speed continuous shooting
Live View Shooting OFF

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Hallo JeanMarie
This is a nice clear shot with details well seen. The Woodpigeon seems to be very photogenic and a super model, and the smile adds to the speciality of this super image. It has neat feathers and I like the delicate and fluffy ones in the neck. The colours are magnificent. The details could not be sharper. The background is perfect. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-24 21:20]

Hi Jean-Marie.
Even witouit a smile the bird is simply charming as well as the taken shot. I like excellent work of a nice lens, excellent details of the pigeon and superb smooth BG. My kind regards and TFS.

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