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Eurasian Collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D 200, NIKKOR AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Digital ISO 320, SIGMA DG UV Filter 67mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-24 10:46
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Points: 18
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Streptopelia
Species: S. decaocto
Binomial name: Streptopelia decaocto

The Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto, most often simply called the Collared Dove, also sometimes hyphenated as Eurasian Collared-dove is a species of dove native to Asia and Europe, and also recently introduced in North America.

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 underwing 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.[6] 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.

More info @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Collared_Dove

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-24 11:56]

Hello Thijs,
You caugh a very funny attitude of this Collared dove. The display of the feathers is particulary well shown. The bird seems a little bit lost in the wide blue sky, but I suppose it's what you wanted to show here.
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Kind regards

Hi Thijs,
I like your perfect point of view and composition.
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-24 16:53]

Hello Thijs,
I must congratulate you for such an excellent capture. Wonderful colors especially with the blue sky as its background. The moment is very well frozen and the sharpness is splendid. Such a stunning view which really need a fast action.
And you did all of them is such a wonderful skills.
Such a view that none can resist, a top class composition.


Hi Thijs,

Very nice capture of this in-flight Dove, very sharp for this type of shot, could be a little bigger however a splendid picture indeed,
Best regards,


Hallo Thijs,
a fantastic capture of the Eurasian Collared Dove taken from an excellent point of view in a spectacular flying posture, superb sharpness and very beautiful natural colours.
Best regards

Ciao Thijs. Very well done this super dynamic taken. Shapr and details are perfect. Lovely compo.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-25 6:35]

Beautiful flight image, almost frozen pose, fine capture. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-25 11:13]

Hello Thijs.
A very nice inflight shot of this Eurasian Collared Dove. Fine detail in the open wings. good colours and nice POV. well done TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-25 11:19]

Hi Thijs.
So beautiful picture. Your composition is super, I like so much. Capture of this Collared Dove in spectacular pose is fantastic. Also fine details and very pleasant colors. Amazing and unusual picture, thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Bonjour Thijs,
Le cadrage me parait un peu trop large mais il donne à la publication une indéniable touche artistique.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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