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city neighbours VII

city neighbours VII
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Copyright: Nemes Septimiu (septimiu_nemes) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 371] (2161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikon AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G ED DX VR
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-22 4:17
Viewed: 3437
Points: 26
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this is the no.7 picture from the series;

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

The adult of the nominate subspecies of the Rock Pigeon is 3237 cm (1214 in) long with a 6472 cm (2528 in) wingspan. It has a dark bluish-gray head, neck, and chest with glossy yellowish, greenish, and reddish-purple iridescence along its neck and wing feathers. The iris is orange, red or golden with a paler inner ring, and the bare skin round the eye is bluish-grey. The bill is grey-black with a conspicuous off-white cere, and the feet are purplish-red.

The adult female is almost identical to the male, but the iridescence on the neck is less intense and more restricted to the rear and sides, while that on the breast is often very obscure.

The white lower back of the pure Rock Pigeon is its best identification character, the two black bars on its pale grey wings are also distinctive. The tail has a black band on the end and the outer web of the tail feathers are margined with white. It is strong and quick on the wing, dashing out from sea caves, flying low over the water, its lighter grey rump showing well from above.

Young birds show little lustre and are duller. Eye colour of the pigeon is generally an orange colour but a few pigeons may have white-grey eyes. The eyelids are orange in colour and are encapsulated in a grey-white eye ring. The feet are red to pink.

When circling overhead, the white underwing of the bird becomes conspicuous. In its flight, behaviour, and voice, which is more of a dovecot coo than the phrase of the Wood Pigeon, it is a typical pigeon. Although it is a relatively strong flier, it also glides frequently, holding its wings in a very pronounced V shape as it does. Though fields are visited for grain and green food, it is nowhere so plentiful as to be a pest.

Pigeons feed on the ground in flocks or individually. They roost together in buildings or on walls or statues. When drinking, most birds take small sips and tilt their heads backwards to swallow the water. Pigeons are able to dip their bills into the water and drink continuously without having to tilt their heads back. When disturbed, a pigeon in a group will take off with a noisy clapping sound.

Homing pigeons, are well known for their ability to find their way home from long distances. Despite these demonstrated abilities, wild Rock Pigeons are rather sedentary and rarely leave their local areas.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-22 4:30]

Hi Nemes.
I like work of your lens. IN your skill hands it produces superb shots. Details of the fine pigeon is simply amazing as well as colours. Bokeh is very nice too. Cropping of the image (on the bottom and top) is disputable a bit. However, shot is great. My compliments and all the best.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-22 4:42]

Hello Nemes,
Fantastic stuning sharpness,
the composing of this one is very good, the details are super,the quality is fantastic. Enough, I like the shot.Best regards Siggi

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-22 4:46]

merhaba Nemes
good capture of this species that is close relative of rock pigeon
light, colours, sharpness and details are great

hello names
'great sharpness
good colours
nice composition
greeting lou

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-22 9:13]

Hi Septimiu,

A wonderful close-up of this Rock Pigeon. You have brought out all his beautiful colors so well. The colors and details of his face, eye, neck, plumage, wings and feet are all superb. A fantastic image.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-22 11:02]

Hi Nemes. This is such a bright and colourful picture of the Pigeon. When we see them this close we can see the beautiful colours in the cheast and the bright eye.. You have taken this with fine detail and a nice pose. wel ldone TFS.

Hello septimiu
you have taken a very sharp picture of this rock pigeon
I like his pose with his head turned
great details on the plumage
very well done

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-22 11:19]

Hi Nemes,
Beautiful capture.Sharpness,POV,clear details and 3D effect are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2009-02-22 11:42]

Buna Septimiu.

Perfecta fotografie !!!

detalii foarte clare .

Felicitari !

Ciao Septimiu, lovely pigeon with splendid red eye, good details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Septimiu, an excellent and lovely capture of this cute city fellow from nice pov with excellent details and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-22 14:35]

Hi Septimiu,no better light and point of view to show the fantastics colors of this common but always spectacular pigeon.And what a impressive sharpness! My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

Hi Nemes,
A nice capture of this beautiful rock pigeon. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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