Eurasian Collared Dove

One of the invading horde. We have some of these on the wet side of the state, but I was amazed at the number I saw in the Ponderosa Pine forests on the dry side.

This particular individual was much paler than most, but I was looking on line and there appears to be a lot of variation in the plumages.

What technical feedback would you like if any?

What artistic feedback would you like if any?

Is the messy background too much? Any suggestions on taming it?

Any pertinent technical details:

7D mark II, Sigma 150-600 mm Contemporary @ 516 mm, tripod with ball head and Sidekick, f/8, 1/2000, aperture priority, pattern metering, -2/3 EV. Processed in LR & PS CC. Cropped to 18.5 MP because it was on a slope and it made it look slanted, so I did a touch of CCW rotation… Taken at 11:12 am on September 21st at Alta Lake State Park, Washington.

Nice look at the dove. We’re getting them at our feeder, usually in the evening. With regards to the background, two things tend to draw my eye: the leaf that seems to be poking the bird’s rear and the pine needle (?) that crosses over that leaf. Maybe darken the background to give more contrast between it and the dove. I like the placement of the moss and the pine cone. It’s a nice habitat shot.

Nice habitat shot with excellent detail. It is a busy image but you didn’t really have a choice. I agree with Allen about trying to darken the background. I have never seen one of these. The Mourning Doves in our area just watch over the feeders and rarely perch close by.

Nice catch ! The busy surroundings, well in this case I wouldn’t try and tame it. It would probably end up looking unnatural once you start blurring etc. It kind of documents the habitat. Cheers, Hans

The dove is nice and sharp. Busy, but the pine needles, cone, and lichens all tell us something about the habitat. Agree that this bird is paler than most.