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Wood Pigeon

Wood Pigeon
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-26 2:22
Viewed: 4372
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a Wood Pigeon which I photographed way back in May.
It used to be a regular visitor to my garden but then I ran out of seed, forgot to buy some more and I haven't seen one in my garden since!
Recently I've filled three feeders full of seeds and put them in different places in the garden but not a single bird has fed from them yet :-(

On a brighter note, there is a new addition to the family (sort of!) :-)
My Mum found a Pigeon chick lying next to his dead sibling at the base of a tall tree. We think they must have fallen from the nest.
Well she took him home and then I took him to the vet to see if he was alright. After getting fed and patched up, the vet asked if we wanted to hand-rear him seeing as there was no chance the parents would accept him as their chick again, so we did! :-)
I can't say he's particularly cute with that huuge bill but he is very funny :-)
We have to feed him twice a day with this special pigeon food until he can eat seeds by himself which should be in about 2 weeks. Then when he's able to fly we have to let him practise flying around a bedroom first before letting him go in to the wild.
Pigeons don't really bond with humans so if we release him into a colony of other pigeons then he should settle there and not try to follow us home :-)

I hope you like the pic!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-26 2:25]

This is superb closeup shot. Great sharpness and excellent clarity. Ganesh

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-26 2:30]

Hi Joe,a wonderfull portrait,the details and the colors are at the top of quality,a simple bird transformed in a great spectacle!!Thanks a lot to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Good morning Joe

A superb close up here, perfect DOF giving fine sharp detail and excellent colour saturation too. Nice story here too I hope all goes well with his release. I have taken in a few chicks in my time and its very rewarding when they fly the nest.

TFS kind regards Helen

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-26 2:43]

Hi Joe,

A great capture with good colors,details and BG,maybe a common bird,but a beatifull one,tfs and have a nice weekend,


Hi Joe very good close up of pigeon. Good sharp focus. Nice details & colors. Well done. Regards - Adil.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-26 2:48]

Man, I'm really teared now :-) I hate pigeons, probably as most dwellers of big city do. But, this one looks just great! Probably best portrait of pigeon I've ever seen. Very detailes, with fantastic colours. Send more of this kind and I'll start to like these... birds ;-)

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-26 3:22]

Ho Joe,
lovely to hear that story, if only there more people in the world like you mate. Most people don't like pigeons and wouldn't have bothered...good on ya :o)
As for the shot, well it's typically Joey...excellent detail, superb DOF and well composed.

Hi Joe
Beautiful, perfectly sharp portrait. Great saturated OOF background. Perfect composition Nothing to critique ;-)

Very nice and sharp Joey...I know of others with dedication as you, taking animals to the vet..Here in the states if we do so, it will cost us tons of bucks...Is socialized medicine extended to animals in England or do you have to pay high bills? A good lesson here along with notes..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-26 10:53]

Hi Joey. Now we will have to call you the Pigeon Man. This is a fantastic close up of the one in your garden. I do like the colours in the feathers which you have captured with fine detail. And the unusual shape to the black part of the eye. well done TFS.
Have a good weekend.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-26 11:03]

Hi Joe,

How nice that you have a new brother. That is so wonderful that your family is taking care of the little one. I'm sure you'll post shots of him. I want to see him flying around the bedroom. Wood pigeons may be common but are very beautiful. You captured the beauty perfectly in this closeup. The face is wonderful and the irridescent colors are beautiful.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-26 11:38]

Hello Joe,
A photo in perfect details. The colours are splendid, perfect natural. The eye is irrestible. Very beautiful BG and a lovely story.

Hi OwlMaN:)

A lovely and perfectly composed and focused shot of a pigeon.
Great details and wonderful BG.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty.
Have a nice weekend Joe!


Ciao Joe,
splendido ritratto di colombaccio, ottimi POV e DOF, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e BG.

Hello Joe
this is really great portrait of Wood Pidgeon against greenish and plain BG. DOF/POV wonderful as like sharp details of focus, light and colors. Eyes contact also superb. nice to read your good notes. TFS, have a nice weekend

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-26 19:13]

Hi Joe,
There is not enough superlatives to due justice to this image,WOW.
Fantastic work young sir.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-27 0:57]

Hi Joey,
Well... as many here voiced, pigeons perhaps because they 're abundantly seen are n't really the most favoured and liked bird especially for photographing.
But i think the sheer magic created by you makes this one shot very much loveable.
Amazing clarity and sharpness and excellent details in the eye, the beak etc.I love the supersmooth green BG that so well compliments the metallic green on the bird's neck.

Would love to add this to my Unforgettable theme.
TFS for sharing this beauty


Hi Joe, superb portrait of splendid wood pigeon with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Joe, This is superb shot. Look at the eyes. Great work. Vignesh

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-28 10:36]

Hello Joe! Perfect portrait of the Pigeon! Great sharpness and a fantastic light that shows all the great details, well done!


Very sharp close up, Joe.
Awesome eye. A lot of details. Successfully blurred background. Very good natural light.
TFS and a nice weekend

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