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Squatter Pigeon

Squatter Pigeon
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO 800, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-04 4:04
Viewed: 4917
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Australia has several species of large plump ground-dwelling pigeons, and this one is probably the dullest of the group. It is a Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta) which is found in open woodland with grassy understorey through Queensland mainly west of the Great Dividing Range. They are 29 cm(10 in) in size and hang around in small groups feeding on seeds amongst the tall grasses. When disturbed they squat down hiding amongst the grass, hence their common name. At other times they simply run away, surprisingly fast through the grass, disappearing amongst fallen timber.
We startled this one, which jumped up on a dead tree and froze. I had to shoot at ISO 800 due to the poor light on this overcast day, but I though the result was acceptable.

maurydv, jusninasirun, GaryT, JoseMiguel, siggi, pekkavalo1, Dis. Ac., uleko, JORAPAVI, Argus, parthasarathi has marked this note useful
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Ciao Chris,
bella cattura di questo piccione, ottima composizione con la posa sul grosso ramo e la tipica postura eretta, buona definizione e in considerazione della poca luce è più che accettabile anche la resa dei colori.
TFS. Maurizio

Bonita especie de Tórtola ( que llamamos en España) que no se encuentra en Europa, o al menos en España, con evidentes parecidos a Streptopelia turtur, aunque no soy experto en el tema. Buen encuadre y pose del ave y unos colores muy adecuados en toda la toma.
Saludos Chris: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Chris. Very nice shot at this pigeon. Excellent framing in very good perch and captured well against the blurry background. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-08-04 6:47]

Pretty decent shot, especially at ISO 800. Gary

Hello Chris
Nice shot of this cool looking pigeon.

Hi Chris,
A very clear portrait of the S. pigeon.
I like the profile pose got, in which can be appreciated the different patterns and colours of the feathers around the eye.
Proper exposure settings let the subject being isolated from the background by the focus.
Well done and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-04 10:10]

Hello Chris,
Excellent portrait of that squatter pigeon , Excellent focus and exposure.
The colors are gorgeous. Great POV.
Best regards

Hi Chris,
Very good capture of this strange looking pigeon. Good pose and composition, sharp details and nicely blurred BG.

hi Chris,

Good capture and nice picture.
Great dof and pov.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-04 23:07]

Hello Chris,
It's not dull, it is really gorgeous and you've captured it very well out in the open showing its markings and colours very clearly.
I like the soft background colours too ín this beautiful composition.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hola Chris,
Bonita composición de este precioso pájaro, buena definición con una luz y fondo agradable, colores naturales, saludos
José Ramón

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-05 5:04]

Good shot and superb focus. Nice clarity and great view. The composition is perfect and eye focus is good. TFS Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-12 7:13]

Hello Chris,
This caught my eye, a species of pigeon that we have looked for several times but either failed to see because it was too camouflaged while squatting on the ground or just wasn't there.
Whatever, it is great to see this capture of a Squatting Pigeon, well seen and not squatting against a similarly coloured BG.
TFS this delight,

A perfectly focused and composed shot. :the dullest of the group" the bird is wonderful.

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