Eurasian Collared Dove
|Copyright: Eyal Bartov (bartove)
|Date Taken: 2012-09-04|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-01-05 10:32|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|It is a medium sized dove, distinctly smaller than the Wood Pigeon, similar in length to a Rock Pigeon but slimmer and longer-tailed, and slightly larger than the related Turtle Dove, 30–33 cm long from tip of beak to tip of tail, with a wingspan of 47–55 cm, and a weight of 125–240 g. It is grey-buff to pinkish-grey overall, a little darker above than below, with a blue-grey under wing patch. The tail feathers are grey-buff above, and dark grey tipped white below; the outer tail feathers also tipped whitish above. It has a black half-collar edged with white on its nape from which it gets its name. The short legs are red and the bill is black. The iris is red, but from a distance the eyes appear to be black, as the pupil is relatively large and only a narrow rim of reddish-brown iris can be seen around the black pupil. The eye is surrounded by a small area of bare skin, which is either white or yellow. The two sexes are virtually indistinguishable; juveniles differ in having a poorly developed collar, and a brown iris.|
It is closely related to the Island Collared Dove of southeast Asia and the African Collared Dove of sub-Saharan Africa, forming a superspecies with these. Identification from African Collared Dove is very difficult with silent birds, with the African species being marginally smaller and paler, but the calls are very distinct, a soft purring in African Collared Dove quite unlike the Eurasian Collared Dove's cooing.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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This is an amazing shot! You got a completely frozen action shot with great detail - right down to the water ripple and drops. Really nice capture.
I would rather have read about how you got this shot and what you were thinking, than the wikipedia bird description.