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Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 7:43
Viewed: 2935
Points: 28
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Hi All,
This mourning dove was captured near Brooks this summer. It was in the badlands along the Red Deer River valley. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Mourning Dove
Zenaida macroura

General Description

By Lee Sollenberger

The Mourning Dove is found across southern Canada, throughout USA and Mexico to Panama. In Alberta, it is widespread in the agricultural regions from the Peace River country southward. It needs access to water for drinking purposes. Unlike most birds, pigeons and doves drink by sucking up, like a horse.

In Alberta, Mourning Doves normally are summer residents, most commonly seen in rural areas, usually near trees, often farm shelterbelts. A few will live in urban areas. Within Calgary, in summer, they are regularly seen in Beaverdam Flats Park as well as in the Weaselhead Natural Area. They will visit backyard feeders equipped with a birdbath. In recent years a few have overwintered, perhaps due to global warming, as in the Maple Ridge area of Calgary from 1998 to 2002. Migrants arrive in late March. Most depart by October.

The diet of Mourning Dove is varied. In Alberta, much of its food is spilled grain and weed seeds. It also consumes many insects. Elsewhere, acorns and other soft-shelled tree fruits are popular items.

It usually nests solitarily in trees, mostly conifers, or in shrubs. An abandoned nest of other species such as American Robin may be used in early spring. It has been seen to take possession of a newly constructed Cedar Waxwings nest. Occasionally, it nests on the ground. When constructing its own nest, it makes a shallow platform consisting of fine twigs. Often the eggs can be seen through it from below. Only two are laid. Both sexes incubate: the male by day, the female at night. Incubation lasts 14-15 days. The babies are attended by both adults, one of which is usually at the nest most of the time. The young birds fledge at about two weeks of age. Usually, two or more broods are produced annually.

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Nicely done, Rick
A mourning dove in the badlands. Sounds like some kind of book or film title.
Good focus for instance.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-23 7:55]

Hello Rick,
Fantastic photo. Everything looks great. Nothing to critize. Just very beautiful.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-23 8:16]

Hello Rick,
A wonderful capture of a Mourning Dove against an interesting mud river bank BG, with which it contrasts well thanks to a fine sharpness of the subject. The lighting and composition are excellent too.
Thanks for sharing this great image Rick,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-23 8:31]

Hi Rick.
What an elegant photo model you have pictured. Its wonderful shapes, curves and details are superb. Ultimate "art" sharpness of the image, delicate and very pleasant colour palette, brilliant framing of the scene. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Rick,
Very good capture of this Mountain Dove with great pose, POV and composition, sharp details and nice natural BG.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-11-23 9:50]

Hola Rick.
I have seen a lot of this Doves here, they have sucha a nice colors on feathers, but what I like most is the noise they make when begin to flight.
Nice photo Rick.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-23 10:14]

Rick my friend, your dove is soft and sweet, almost disappearing in front of the rocks, same colour. Beautiful light, too. This is such a dry background, I wish I could sunbathe with the dove. Thank you!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-23 10:19]

Hi Rick. You have captured this Dove with good feather detail and natural colours. By the shadow the sun looked high in the sky you did well with the bright light. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Ciao Rick,
bellissima immagine di questa tortora catturata con eccellenti dettagli in una splendida posa sulle rocce che costituiscono un ottimo BG, molto belli i colori.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-23 11:12]

Hola amigo,
buena captura,
me agrada tonos y colores bg,
buen foco y pov.
saludos Rick.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-23 11:27]

Hi Rick,

A beautifully natural capture of this Mourning Dove in the mud bank. This shot I can relate to - we are overrun with these doves and substitue the dirt for rocks and this could have been taken in Tucson. Excellent colors, pose and details, and lighting. The pink feet give the picture a nice touch of color. A simple and lovely composition.


What you? a man of major works digging into the archives??? I think maybe you wanted to remember the times before your trip which came later...in this way a good thing to project for yourself....
Good show old man..
From your buddy south of the border..
*permission to use to notes page?

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-24 13:58]

Hi Rick,
a very good photograph of this pretty Mourning Dove.
Razor-sharp which helps separate the Dove from the BG which is just about the same colour :-)
Excellent composition.
Superb exposure.

Very well done,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-11-25 16:55]

Hi Rick

A lovely capture of this beautiful and peaceful looking (relaxed) mourning dove.

Although it pretty much blends in with the BG colours it still stands out nicely and is perfectly visible against the earthen backdrop. It gave you a beautiful pose for this shot and you managed the exposure well to even capture a tiny little catchlight in the eye. Good natural colours and a well proportioned composition.

Well done and TFS.

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