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Copyright © 2012 Steppeland – All rights reserved
Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Lat. : Goura Victoria,) – close-up
Photographed in Artis Amsterdam Zoo, the Netherlands

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“The Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Goura victoria, is a large, bluish-grey pigeon with elegant blue lace-like crests, maroon breast and red iris. The bird may be easily recognized by the unique white tips on its crests.

It is distributed in the lowland and swamp forests of northern New Guinea and surrounding islands. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, seeds and invertebrates. The female usually lays a single white egg.

Due to continuing habitat loss, being tame and easily hunted for its plumes and meat, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. ” (Source: Wikipedia)

Victorian Crowned Pigeon close-up – It’s a beautiful bird indeed -

Due to the light reflection, the normally red eye turned partially purple here… amazing…

Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/90 sec, f. 5,6 mm, focal length 300 mm , ISO 400
Date: Feb. 11, 2012

Challenge Winner
1st place winner in March image of the day – Green Artistry (March 27, 2012)
Challenge winner in Letter V – Alphabeth Soup (June 17, 2012)
Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups for organizing the challenges, and to all who voted!

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in “Images of endearment”: (Feb. 27, 2012)
Featured in Artists Universe (Feb. 29, 2012)
Featured in Extreme close-ups (Feb. 29, 2012)
Featured in Green Artistry (March 01, 2012)
Featured in Nature in it’s entirety (March 02, 2012)
Featured in Dutch showcase (March 2, 2012)
Top10 in New avatar – Nature in it’s entirety (March 22, 2012)
Featured in The Dutch connection (May 17, 2012)
Featured in Alphabet soup – letterV (June 9, 2012)
Top10 in Alphabet Soup – series 1 2012 winners (July 18, 2012)
Featured in Amazing Wildlife (Nov. 19, 2012)

Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups and challenges

Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 3 years ago


  • – steppeland

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaalmost 3 years ago

    How wonderful! These birds are so beautiful!

  • Yes, indeed, they are! Thank you so much, Dominika, for your visit, kind comment and fav!

    – steppeland

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work

  • Thanks a lot, Ann!

    – steppeland

  • Martina  Stoecker
    Martina Stoeckeralmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely great ! Stunning composition and lightening.

  • Thank you so much, Martina, glad you like it! :D

    – steppeland

  • LorReflections
    LorReflectionsalmost 3 years ago

    This is a stunning image, cropped just right. Very nice.

  • Thank you so much, Lor, for the great comment and fav!

    – steppeland

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 3 years ago


  • Wow, that’s awesome, Laura, thank you for the feature!

    – steppeland

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 3 years ago


    Please click the banner to comment on your permanent Feature page

  • Aww, thank you so much, Kira, for including my work on this wonderful Feature page

    – steppeland

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Ray!

    – steppeland

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago

    Please consider submitting this wonderful image to the Green Artistry group HERE
    Thanks so much, DeeZ
    If you are not already a member of this group, send me a B-Mail with a reference to this Group Name and I’ll send you a group invite!

  • Aww, thanks for the invite DeeZ! Really honoured! will submit right away.

    – steppeland

  • Clive
    Clivealmost 3 years ago

  • Fabulous! Thanks a lot, Clive, for the feature!

    – steppeland

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