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Copyright: MY Wong (Seabird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-02 2:18
Viewed: 3489
Points: 20
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Dear all,

These pigeons fly freely in the tourist area of Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong. They were resting on a tree in the Kowloon Park when I took the photo.

This is a cropped photo - I have posted the original one in the workshop. I tried to avoid the branch that appears near the neck of the middle pigeon - but it still looks very prominent and distracting :P

I hope to get a better background next time.

I look forward to any comments and pointers for improvement.

have a nice day!!

Man Yee

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon

Pigeons and doves constitute the family Columbidae within the order Columbiformes, which include some 300 species of near passerine birds.

In general parlance the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice, there is a tendency for "dove" to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the term "dove" and "pigeon."

This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones. The young doves and pigeons are called "squabs."

Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills with a fleshy cere. The species commonly referred to just as the "pigeon" is the feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities.

Doves and pigeons build relatively flimsy nests from sticks and other debris, which may be placed in trees, on ledges, or on the ground, depending on species. They lay one or two eggs, and both parents care for the young, which leave the nest after 7 to 28 days.

Doves feed on seeds, fruit and plants. Unlike most other birds (but see flamingo), the doves and pigeons produce "crop milk," which is secreted by a sloughing of fluid-filled cells from the lining of the crop. Both sexes produce this highly nutritious substance to feed to the young.

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Hi Man Yee,

Three is allways a good number in an image and you have good composition here with all of them almost touching.
Background is a bit distracting but we can not have it all our way.
Good Note



Composition, colours, light, sharpness, all the little details are very nicely captured. Well done.
Best wishes,

Nice capture of these love doves sharing a secret... :) A great "moment in time" photo... well composed... I'm glad you included the bird on the far right. Great POV.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2008-09-02 6:56]

Hola Man Yee: Es una hermosa toma con muy buena composición y un entorno excelente....saludos.

there is some unspoken "thing" about this image which makes it unusually attractive...lots of pigeons on TN and doves as well..but perhaps it is the blend of colours and the shape of the frame...? whatever it is it works!

Hi Man Yee,
Excellent capture of these Pigeons with good pose and composition and sharp details. You could try selective noise reduction/blurring for the BG or blurring tool.

Hi Man Yee ,
A nice capture of these beautiful doves. And yes the BG is not good but still then a nice capture with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2008-09-03 1:02]

Hello Man Yee,
The following toilet before the following flight. I suppose that this busy over himself the pigeon is the dove. Neighbours on the branch diligently look to this cosmetics. In the fuzzy background the light frolics among twigs of the tree as on icicles. Interested reporter from the life of municipal pigeons. Accurate and good shot.
Have a nice day,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-03 2:07]

Hello Mywong, Nice shot and good moment that you had shot. Good composition and you have a good observation. Ganesh

Ciao Man Yee, lovely composition with beautiful trio, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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