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Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-08-21 7:32
Viewed: 870
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I often get repetitive in my subjects. This picture of a Spotted Dove I took in March this year is the 3rd from the series when all sorts of doves were patronizing our bird feed on the house terrace and this particular species was not much mindful of my presence while I took its pictures.

The spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is a small and somewhat long-tailed pigeon which is a common resident breeding bird across its native range on the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species has been introduced into many parts of the world and feral populations have become established.

This species was formerly included in the genus Streptopelia with other turtle-doves, but studies suggest that they differ from typical members of that genus. This dove is long tailed buff brown with a white-spotted black collar patch on the back and sides of the neck. The tail tips are white and the wing coverts have light buff spots.

There are considerable plumage variations across populations within its wide range. The species is found in light forests and gardens as well as in urban areas. They fly from the ground with an explosive flutter and will sometimes glide down to a perch. It is sometimes also called the mountain dove, pearl-necked dove or lace-necked dove.


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Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely dove, fantastic light, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram

The very fine POV at the level of the subject with the framing
and background's light are giving a beautiful perspective effect, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-08-21 16:12]

Hello Ram,
I never tire of viewing either pigeons or doves, I formed a love for them as a young boy. I'm sure you would rather have presented it in a more natural setting, but how could you not photograph such a beautiful specimen. Stunning markings, especially around its head. From its quaint pose and body language you can see why it is a symbol of peace.

Hello Ram,
Glad to be neighbors......Stunning details, impressive focus and lovely colors of this beautiful dove.

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