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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

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The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) - another capture taken whilst on holiday in June on Cape Cod.
Description taken from The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America:-
Common and widespread in many suburban and agricultural habitats with mix of open ground and brushy cover. Usually in small groups. Forages mainly on the ground for seeds and frequently seen on overhead wires or on the ground. Our most slender dove, with long pointed tail and relatively narrow, pointed wings. Subtley coloured in brown and grey; generally warm brown with buffy undertail covers and black spots on wing coverts. Wings produce a light airy whistle on take-offf. Song is a mournful hooting, often mistaken for an owl.
Settings:- V1 F/5.6 1/400sec ISO500
V2 F/5.6 1/500sec ISO250
Both at 420mm manual handheld

Many thanks for your clicks and encouraging comments and tips on my last upload Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:CanonF4L 300mm IS + 1.4x extender
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:15 Aug 2009 - 10:55 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 10:56 AM

A cracking shot of this lovely bird, you've captured the detail and markings in its plumage superbly

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 11:06 AM

Excellent study

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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 11:17 AM

Two super images,love both.
Martin

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iancam
iancam  6 England
15 Aug 2009 - 11:22 AM

Two superb images Sylvia.
Ian

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 11:25 AM

Two super images, Sylvia, wonderful markings which you have captured so well. Carol

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 11:42 AM

fab-u-lous

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 11:44 AM

Two super images with wonderful detail and colours
Alexa

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 11:54 AM

Beautifully sharp images, great poses, excellent commentary.

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 15 Aug 2009 - 11:55 AM

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 12:03 PM

Stunning shots of this lovely dove - the colour and detail in V1 is exquisite, we get them in South Africa as well but they are very elusive - often heard rarely seen - great captures - Ina

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SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 727 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 12:04 PM

Two lovely shot Sylvia.... v1 is my fav.. great comp

Jon

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 4:28 PM

Beautiful bird with some fantastic plumage colouring Sylvia. Never seen one of the before.
Ron

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fatmod
fatmod  8 England
15 Aug 2009 - 5:55 PM

cracking shots

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janty66
janty66  7 England
15 Aug 2009 - 6:55 PM

2 brilliant shots...

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DRicherby
DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2009 - 11:10 PM

Two super shots, Sylvia. Both absolutely pin-sharp and well posed, too. The background of #1 is a little cluttered but there's nothing you could have done about that.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2009 - 6:54 PM

Pleased to make this 30 Sylvia. Superb definition and detail and exposed pefectly.
Richard

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2009 - 9:57 PM

Two super shots, very well captured.
Dave

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2009 - 11:20 PM

great capture.
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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
17 Aug 2009 - 6:34 AM

2 Excellent captures.
Very crisp and clear.
Robert

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trissie
trissie  8 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2009 - 1:03 PM

A lovely detailed and sharp capture.

Trish

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franfoto
franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2009 - 6:28 PM

2 superb captures of this unusual dove, the detail in #1 is outstanding, nice work Sylvia.
Fran

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Aug 2009 - 10:29 AM

very pretty images, a first for me!

Martin.

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 6144 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Aug 2009 - 6:36 PM

Two very well captured images Sylvia, my preference is V1, showing this lovely dove in its natural environment. Thank you for the interesting description.
David

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