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Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Hong Kong
Date Submitted: 2007-08-02 3:29
Viewed: 4956
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am still in China, specifically in Guangzhou (formerly known as the city of Canton). A huge city of over 8 million people, it is filled with skyscrapers and smog. When my son told me that there was no wildlife here, even urban wildlife, I did not believe him. But he is right. I have not seen any birds or lizards or any other living creature other than the mobs of people here. This shot was taken at a park in Hong Kong, 2 hours away by train or bus.

I apologize to all for not being very active on the critiquing during my trip. It is difficult because of my sporadic access to the Internet. I will catch up with you all when I get home.

My Hong Kong Travelogue

Spotted Dove
Streptopelia chinensis

The Spotted Dove, also known as the Spotted Turtle Dove, is a pigeon which is a resident breeding bird in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to south China and Southeast Asia. They are also known as the (Indian/Chinese) Spotted Turtle Dove.

It is a common and widespread species in open woodland, farmland and habitation over a good deal of its natural range, and this successful bird has also been introduced to the U.S. in the Los Angeles, California area. Outher countries it has been introduced to include northern Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, it was introduced in Melbourne in the 1860s and has since spread, often replacing native doves. In Australia, they are now found in streets, parks, gardens, agricultural areas and tropical scrubs, from Hobart, Tasmania to Cooktown, Queensland to Port Lincoln, South Australia. They can also be seen in Perth, Pemberton, Kalgoorlie and Esperance, in Western Australia. The species' range is expanding.

This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white, glossy eggs. In Southern Australia, they breed mostly from September to January, and in the north in Autumn. Its flight is quick, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.
Spotted Dove is a long-tailed, slim pigeon, ranging in length from 28 to 32 centimetres (11.2 to 12.8 inches). Its back, wings and tail are pale brown, heavily spotted with buff. In flight, it shows blackish flight feathers bordered on the inner edge with pale grey. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults often lacking the patchy neckband when very immature.
The head and underparts are pinkish, shading to pale grey on the face and lower belly. There is a black neck patch finely spotted with white. The legs are red. The call is a low and gentle coo-coo-croo, with the emphasis on last note. The call occasionally is "coo-coo krrroo, krook!"

Spotted Doves eat grass seeds, grains and other vegetation. They are fairly terrestrial, foraging on the ground in grasslands and cultivation. It breed all year round with nests commonly found in trees, edge of buildings or even on the ground.
Like some other doves in this genus, they are not particularly gregarious, and are usually alone, or in pairs. It is tame but sudden noises flush them into flight. Flight patterns are similar to the Crested Pigeon. Upon landing, birds tilt their tail upwards. Males on display obtain a steep angle and circle down displaying their wings and tail by spreading them out.


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Nice shot - though a little overdone what noise reduction is concerned - it did remove some detail on the plumage. Other than that - wonderful colors and pose! Cheers, Klaus

Very nice shot of spotted dove with wonderful details and lovely colours.very cute pose.
well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-02 6:58]

Hello Manyee
Excellent capture.Very sharp image with beautiful details in the plumage.Excellent POV and nice catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-02 7:17]

Delightful composition and superb colours. My one quibble is that some of the feathers seem too soft, almost like a Neat Image processing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-02 8:30]

Hello Manyee,
Brilliant close capture of this beautiful Dove. I like its pose and sharp focus on the eye. Beautiful colours too.
Best wishes, Ulla

Hello Manyee
Excellent shot of this Spotted Dove,
Perfect details ,composition and lighting,


Hello Manyee,
nice shot really detailed and colorfull.

Hello Manyee , very strange posture and comp. good colors and shrpnss , TFS .

I see you are using the Powershot. Did you get another small camera for the trip as you had mentioned doing? This is a nice close shot. Did you remove some noise. There is a kind of strange softness in places.

Start some deep breathing exercises, so that you will not faint when you have to say goodbye to little Jinyao! Talk to you soon!
I want to hear all the news.

Evelynn ; )

Hi Manyee,
this is a very nice shot from a Dove. Very good POV, DOF and very nice colours. This is a very nice composition. Thank you my friend.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-07-22 7:03]

Hi ManYee

This is a handsome image of a lovely spotted dove. Possibly a little soft in the breast area (maybe it was due to some noise reduction software that targeted the wrong area), but actually I think it aids to suggest the softness & gentleness of the nature of doves.

The rest of the image is quite sharp and showing good details, especially in the area of the face and eye. I like the tightness of the cropping yet still leaving enough space for the dove to move, but making the image rather "personal", "exclusive" and almost "private".

Well done MF and TFS.

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