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Rock pigeon

Rock pigeon
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, Nikon 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-06 21:06
Viewed: 4562
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rock Pigeon (columba guinea), also called Spectkled Pigeon
Probably the commonest large pigeon in Africa, it is found from West Africa to Ethiopia and southwards to southern Africa ;
Rock pigeon have colonized built-up areas and are considered by some to have become a pest on surrounding agricultural land !
The bare red face and spotted wings render this bird quite distinctive.Sexes alike but males more powerfully built and brighter, particularly around the neck.

Argus, crs, valy67, dejo, Alex99, CeltickRanger, MMM, uleko, boreocypriensis, ferranjlloret has marked this note useful
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nice and sharp, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-06 22:41]

Hello Albert,
A superb capture of a Speckled Pigeon taken from a great POV with superb sharpness and lighting to show us its features against a contrasting OOF natural BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-06 22:56]

Hello Albert,

The beautiful bird is well shown in your photo. You have chosen a good DOF showing well the bird. Image is sharp and the way bird stays against the blurry background looks nice. Good details of body and plumage can be seen.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-06 23:24]

Hello Albert !
Wow, what a wonderful Pigean ! I don't thik I have ever seen this species before ! I specially like the red patch around his eye and the markings on his breast. You also managed to capture him in a great pose, with wonderful details, and natural colors. The composition and POV ae excellent, too. Very well done !

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-07 1:55]

Hi Albert
Beautiful capture with sharp details, good light and wonderful colors.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-02-07 3:17]

Hello Albert,

great capture, fantastic details and colors!
beautiful bird!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-07 6:36]

Hi Albert.
Simply charming bird. I have never seen this species. And I am amazed with the beautifulness of its pose, scene at whole and perfectly selected DOF. Your three-dimensional picture is outstanding in all respects. Clarity and sharpness of the bird and branch are amazing and smooth BG is fine too. Bravo. Perfect job.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-07 6:37]

Hello Albert,
One of the best photos of a Rock- or Speckled Pigeon I've ever seen. Splendid colours, also in the BG. Great pose, sharpness and POV. Very good DOF and composition.

Hi Albert,
this is a very good cath ocf this beautiful bird.
The pattern in the plumage and colours and the light are very beautiful.
Good sharpness with fine details and really good DOF, the bird standout well from the BG.
Well done.

bonjour Albert

une très belle photographie du Rock Pigeon prise avec un
excellent POV et cadrage, belle luminosité douce (aux yeux),
belles couleurs, jolie pose de l'oiseau et superbe netteté et détails,



Hello Albert

That is a beautiful Rock Pigeon.
The clarity is very good with sharp focus and detail.
Excellent plumage detail and colours.
I like how you composed with the branch slightly diagonal in the frame.
Wonderful pose and eye contact.
Greta job.


hi albert!
good pic on the pigeon!
like the pose and the
very fine background!
well done!

Hallo Albert,
Mooie duif. Heel mooie duif zelfs.
In Vlaanderen zijn we gewoon altijd dezelfde soort te zien:-)
Heb ik niet gespot in Namibië.
Mooie fotowerk.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-02-09 6:43]

Salut Albert
Excellent closed up de ce pigeon.Bon PDV et image bien en focus avec de tres bon détail.J'aime bien également la pause de ton sujet.
Merci Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-10 4:47]

Hello Albert,
What a fine capture of this beautiful Rock Pigeon with great focus on the red patch around the eye. Excellent sharpness, beautiful colours and I like the background too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Albert.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Albert,
A fine capture of this beauty in a wonderful composition and lovely pose. Details, sharpness and pov are also excellent.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Albert,
Nice picture, very good composet with a fine details. Ver well done. TFS.
Best regards. Ferran.

Hi Albert

Excellent shot of this handsome pigeon
Excellent composition
Excellent sharpness and plumage details
Great work, love your Namibia series


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