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Love on the Rocks

Love on the Rocks
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-13
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Peace and Love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-14 7:26
Viewed: 2834
Points: 58
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Happy Valentine's Day

Mourning Doves

Mourning doves (Zenaida macroura) are one of several species in the Pigeon Family (Columbidae) that reside in the American Southwest. The genus name honors Princess Zénaïde Charlotte Julie Bonaparte, wife and first cousin of the zoologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte. Macroura means, “long-tailed” and refers, of course, to the dove’s long tail.

Mourning doves are medium-sized passerines that average one foot in length and have an 18-inch wingspan. The tail accounts for about a third of the bird’s length; the long pointed tail feathers are grayish with a thin black border and a white edge. The upper sides are more uniformly gray than the undersides and the wings have black spots on their outer portion. On the upper breast and neck there is a shiny pinkish spot, while the feet and legs are a reddish color. On the bird’s small head, there is a bluish orbital ring; one folktale from the Southwest suggests that the birds paint their faces to attract a mate.

During lift-off, the wings produce a distinctive whistling sound and the birds flap vigorously to become airborne. In flight, they alternate between flapping and gliding and their rapid wingbeats and long tail enable them to navigate in tight places. But for all their speed and agility, mourning doves still fall prey to hawks and falcons and hunters in season. They are considered a game bird in many states.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-14 7:32]

Hi Jane

Great pose - and just right for today - well seen and captured. Got to dash - off to airport.


Hi Jane,
Thank you very much and same to you. A lovely capture of this beautiful dove couple. Excellent sharp details and very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Jane

this is a wonderful shot on Valentine's day, with this 2 doves
forming the V of Valentine and of the heart (love) graphic,
excellent timing too shoot it on photo, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-14 8:04]

Hello Jane,
Very suitable capture for the day these two lovely Mourning Doves with blue rings around their eyes. They are beautiful! I like the way they're posing on the rocks being almost camouflaged.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Jane,
Great image of two for Valentine's day, just perfect!
well captured with good sharpmess, natural colour and details
well done

Hi Jane, lovely couple for Valentine's Day, nice composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-14 10:20]

Hi Jane. Just the right picture for today. they look like two book ends. a nice pose with the heads looking each way. natural colourss and good detail. well done TFS . good notes too.

Perfect poses you caught them in. It's as if they are watching each others back. Nice focus. The blue eye rings really stand out from the earthy tone of the photo.

Hello My dear friend Jane!

A wonderful "hapy Valentine's day" visual wish friend! Lovely;) All the best!


I have added it as MOST appropriate for the day and for the Peace and Love Theme...very nice Jane....a slight change of direction, but still nice aviary examples..dang that sounds so scientific..but real nice.

hello jaycee,
nice capture for the valentine day, the two of them make a good scene, liked the pose and the composition,
tfs & regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-02-14 20:02]

Very loving and peaceful moment. This photo just has a calming effect to it when viewed. Good lighting and sharp focus. Nice soft natural color tones. TFS

Hi Jane,
Beautiful picture of this pair of Doves.
What can be more appropriate for this Day.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-14 23:14]

Hi Jane,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Hello Jane,

Excellent post for the day. Romantically perched on that rock close to each other. Really nice and thanks for sharing this.

Well done and best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-15 2:35]

Great shot for Valentines Day!
These two Mourning Doves make a perfect couple :-)
Sharp and detailed.
Nice lighting and colours.
Great POV.
Very good work Jane.

Hi Jane..& Happy Valentines Day!
Most fitting valentine post, the POV and two posed this way is grand..I had two cute bunnies nose-to-nose I should've posted I guess, but I think people are seeing too much of my dead grass BG already :(

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-15 9:47]

Hello Jane,
Reminds me of the song the first line of which goes: 'have you ever seen two Turtle Doves bill and coo when in love?'
Except that this is a fine capture of two Mourning Doves beautifully composed among the rocks in a fine pose, from a great POV and with excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing this fine image and have nice weekend,

Hi Jane,

This is a lovely shot and you have done so well to catch them together. They blend in so well to the background. The colours and pov are perfect. There bodies almost form a heart-shape, so the perfect valentines picture.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-15 14:00]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful couple, indeed they represent Valentine's day
beautifully.. Very nice presentation.. Well done


Superbe très belle compositin et magnifiques couleurs naturelles,.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-15 15:28]

Hello Jane, great title! Well composed scene, great pose and very good quality, thanks!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-15 18:28]

Hola Jane.
I really like Doves. They all are very kind with humans, and they are everywhere.
Nice photo of this two in love.

Hello Jane,
This couple is have a quality time together. A moment worth capture. POV and composition are great. Very well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-16 6:47]

Hello Jane,
Great title for this lovely image of these two love birds captured in a great pose. Thank you for sharing this image and Happy belated Valentines Day Jane.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-21 10:07]

Hi Jane.
Amazing subject. Cute birds and wonderful scenery created by stones. I like natural colours and details of the image. Faming is perfect too. TFS and kind regards.

Hi Jane

Lovely a pair dove capture with splendid focus, wonderful colors, great light and excellent sharpness! TFS.
Greetings, Bahadır

Hi Jane
Another lovely capture of this beautiful pair! Excelent composition, nice colours and sharpnes!
TFS and Regards,


Hello Jane. Very good capture. Wonderful composition. Excellent light. Well done. TFS. Regards,

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