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The Rock Dove

The Rock Dove
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/4, 1/1200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-02 18:34
Viewed: 2704
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello friends, the Rock Dove in low flight,
photo shot in RAW, ISO 400, with Flash

from Canadian Biodiversity website :


« Like many species that are specifically adapted
to human-dominated landscapes, the rock dove,
commonly known as the pigeon, was introduced
into North America from Europe in 1606.
Although the earliest pigeons were domestic,
it wasn't long before the species became naturalized
and were breeding on their own. Today, pigeons inhabit
nearly any rural or urban landscape. In rural areas,
the rock dove feeds on waste seeds and grains,
although urban pigeons often rely on human handouts
and junk food, including bread, popcorn, donuts and
french fries. Nests are built on roofs, ledges, balconies,
as well as under bridges, highways, and overpasses.
Post-hatch pigeons consume the parents' milk,
which is actually a substance produced by the
parents' crop. After a week, the milk is replaced
by partially-digested seeds which are
regurgitated from the parents. »



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Wonderful work of art. Very good shot of moving pigeon.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-06-02 18:56]

Hello Asbed,
I have always had a great love for pigeons. I used to raise Rollers years ago, but gave it up because I lost too many to hawks.
Your image caught my attention immediately, it's a fine shot of this beautiful bird in full flight!!! Well done!!

Good clear shot in an extraoridinary position. Well done Asbed. TFS Trevor

Hello Asbed,
Excellent in-flight shot. Fast enough to freeze the feathers and tack sharp - well done.

Hallo Asbed
This is such a beautiful view. The details of the wingspan of the dove is great to look at, and it displays well against the greenish background created by the water and the trees. I just love the "fan" that the feathers of the tailpiece creates. The black lining at the bottom of the feathers are also very eye-catching. The bright purple and jade in the pigeon's neckline is very noteable and displays nice and clear. A very peaceful image to look at. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-02 20:43]

Hi Asbed,
Outstanding inflight shot of this Rock Dove and you have freezed it expertly. Very neat and sharp image and I like the details on its wings. Kudos.

hi Asbed MF
clarity in very good level, your glance always fascinating, creates a very good composition,very fine photo

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  • bubinu (40)
  • [2009-06-02 22:20]

Hi Asbed,
A nice capture of this dove in flight adoned with marvellous lighting and sharpness.
Very nice details present in the presentation.
Well done,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-02 23:07]

Hola Asbed,
sorprendente presición y foco,
detalles y bg magníficos,
saludos amigo.

Hi and Good Morning Asbed,
Perfectly captured rock dove in-flight with excellent details. Great timely shot indeed.
TFS and cheers,

Dove is a lovely photo.
Sharpness and clarity glamorous.

Hello Asbed,
Very well captured in-flight low speed maneuver by the Rock pigeon. It shows aerodynamic details of the "flaps down" while aircraft approaching runway equivalent; "tail feathers open & down" at an angle to reduce the speed & keep the nose up when centre of gravity is close to chest before touch down. Thanks for sharing this unique in-flight display of this bird.
Best wishes-Subhash

I wonder what would happen if you ever did get that DSLR you speak of....the one you use here makes it easier to pan with the bird. The DSLR depending on lens can be pretty heavy and make panning a bit more difficult...but maybe not..perhaps it is only my neck which carries marks to this day from carrying 2-3 DSLRs around to various baseball and basketball games...but that was time past....

I certainly have seen this bird before...but not caught in flight. As a matter of fact I have some 120 film images from back in Cleveland of them, but all in motion. I think back at the time and suppose I was using 100 ASA and more than likely 1/250th which would have not caught the movement as you do so well.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-03 8:16]

Hello Asbed,
Another very good photo of a bird in flight. Great sharpness, details and timing. Beautiful natural colours.

Hello Asbed,
a splendid picture of the Rock Dove in-flight, not easy to take, very good sharpness and beautiful natural coolours, POV and composition are excellent.
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-03 11:19]

Hi Asbed.
Fantastic in-flight picture. Scenery for this elegant flyer is amazing. Quality of the shot is outstanding. All is perfect. Bravo.

Ciao Asbed, great focus on a splendid flying dove, good sharpness and great details, lovely capture, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Asbed
Magnificent high-contrast picture. Excellent assessment of the movement of the bird. Good light and good composition, a work much appreciated. Congratulations and greetings.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-03 16:36]

Hi Again,

I almost missed this wonderful Rock Dove. Just marvelous with the beautiful positions of the wings and tail feathers. Colors, details, setting and composition are all excellent.


Bonjour Asbed,

La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs du pigeon en vol. Le flou de l,arrière-plan met en valeur la netteté de l'oiseau. La bonne lumisoité a un bel effet suur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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