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Crested Pigeon

Crested Pigeon (Image ID 44035)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Sun 17th Mar, 2019 and uploaded on Wed 30th Dec, 2020 .
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ID44035
Comment(Nb: The Western Australian subspecies Ocyphaps lophotes whitlocki is depicted, and based on their individual behaviour, I suspect they are male and female):
The Crested Pigeon is widespread throughout the Australian mainland, avoiding only the forested tropical north. Found also in Tasmania, it was originally a bird of lightly wooded inland arid and semi-arid zones, but over the past 50 years it has colonized coastal areas and urban environments. In a pure wild state it thrives mainly on native seeds and insects, and it needs to drink every day. However, it has taken a liking to seeds from introduced crops and weeds and may congregate in numbers, wherever spilt grain can be found. Crested Pigeons forage in pairs or in groups; they may assemble in larger flocks to drink mornings and evenings. When startled they will take off with a characteristic whistling flight sound, and when landing they will raise the tail above the head, then dip it. Sexes are alike and breeding takes place mainly during the warmer months, and both parents attend to the brood. Two subspecies are recognized. Pelican Point, Bunbury (GPS), WA. Status (2016): Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D800
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR
Technique: Camera rig support: Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head; walking along with camera rig & standing tall during exposure
Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority 1/1250 sec at f4.5; + EV 0.7 & Auto ISO-125. Metering Mode: Centre-Weighted; Focus Mode: AF-C & AF Area Mode: Auto
Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 for 185% crop, selective sharpening, mild halo removal and general post-processing. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for distribution confirmation, supplementary data and colour checks
LocationPelican Point, Bunbury, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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