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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

By teocali
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

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Glostopcat, KBan, lonely_oryx and 39 more

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Comments


Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
15 Aug 2009 10:56AM
A cracking shot of this lovely bird, you've captured the detail and markings in its plumage superbly

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lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
15 Aug 2009 11:06AM
Excellent study
redshank 6 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 11:17AM
Two super images,love both.
Martin
iancam 7 23 England
15 Aug 2009 11:22AM
Two superb images Sylvia.
Ian
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
15 Aug 2009 11:25AM
Two super images, Sylvia, wonderful markings which you have captured so well. Carol
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 11:42AM
fab-u-lous
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 11:44AM
Two super images with wonderful detail and colours
Alexa
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 11:54AM
Beautifully sharp images, great poses, excellent commentary.
Gezina 9 3 6 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 12:03PM
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
15 Aug 2009 12:04PM
Two lovely shot Sylvia.... v1 is my fav.. great comp

Jon
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
15 Aug 2009 4:28PM
Beautiful bird with some fantastic plumage colouring Sylvia. Never seen one of the before.
Ron
fatmod 9 22 England
15 Aug 2009 5:55PM
cracking shots
janty66 8 3 England
15 Aug 2009 6:55PM
2 brilliant shots...
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2009 11:10PM
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.
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
16 Aug 2009 6:54PM
Pleased to make this 30 Sylvia. Superb definition and detail and exposed pefectly.
Richard
16 Aug 2009 9:57PM
Two super shots, very well captured.
Dave
16 Aug 2009 11:20PM
great capture.
fish
RTDS 7 Cyprus
17 Aug 2009 6:34AM
2 Excellent captures.
Very crisp and clear.
Robert
17 Aug 2009 1:03PM
A lovely detailed and sharp capture.

Trish
franfoto 8 2 32 England
17 Aug 2009 6:28PM
2 superb captures of this unusual dove, the detail in #1 is outstanding, nice work Sylvia.
Fran
martinjp 7 2 3 Wales
18 Aug 2009 10:29AM
very pretty images, a first for me!

Martin.
18 Aug 2009 6:36PM
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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