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Challenge: Pigeons (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
Date: Jul 21, 2009
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500s
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 21, 2009

Yes, it's a ptarmigan. We don't have pigeons anywhere close by. So, I expect the DPC voters will be really smart and really particular. No problem if this doesn't score well. It is a good photo of a White-tailed Ptarmigan, Lagopus leucurus. Not related to a pigeon. Sort of looks like a pigeon, if one is not too discerning.

I was going to title the image "P_tarm_igeon". But that may have provoked a backlash.

Image captured at 12,000' above sea level, on the Ute Trail in RMNP.

Place: 23 out of 61
Avg (all users): 5.7156
Avg (commenters): 5.2000
Avg (participants): 5.8235
Avg (non-participants): 5.6949
Views since voting: 830
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 211
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2009 09:00:45 PM
I think this is a Ptarmigan. Not sure it meets the challenge. It is a very nice picture none the less.
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07/28/2009 10:56:50 AM
Nice shot, but more ptarmigan than pigeon.
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07/26/2009 04:14:27 PM
Wonderful clarity and detail on the feathers, eye.
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07/25/2009 01:56:24 AM
meep meep meep mep meep
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07/24/2009 11:17:37 AM
Not what you expect when u think pigeon. Like the was you have captured him on the rock to show the great camoflage he has
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07/23/2009 09:28:49 PM
Interesting pigeon (I assume it's a pigeon). I like it.
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07/23/2009 10:59:00 AM
Oooh fantastic picture and a very unique pigeon. If this wasn't a pigeon challenge i would not have known this was a pigeon. Still beautiful. 7
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07/22/2009 01:26:02 PM
Very pretty picture of a very pretty bird -- but that looks to me like a partridge, which is not even a member of the pigeon family. And I was sort of thinking that the pigeon's particular status and reputation would be an important part of the challenge. Lovely shot though.
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07/22/2009 11:53:31 AM
Hmmmm...is this a pigeon? Beautiful capture though...I love the detail in his feathers and the red above the eye...(no vote)
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07/22/2009 10:03:37 AM
Isn't this a Ptarmigan? Not in the same family as pigeons (which are Rock Doves).
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07/22/2009 04:15:18 AM
That's the smallest beak I've ever seen on a pigeon! Nifty bird, and a great picture of it. (I'm going under the assumption this is indeed a pigeon of some kind. My search engine at work won't let me try to find out otherwise.)
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