<< Previous Next >>

Doves on the Rocks

Doves on the Rocks
Photo Information
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: 2008-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-06 8:22
Viewed: 2639
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 Zénaďde 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.


pekkavalo1, matatur, uleko, boreocypriensis, eqshannon, Nic-n-Jen_Inc, Argus, maurydv, Dis. Ac., nglen, bahadir, marhowie, Jamesp, gracious, CeltickRanger, Adanac, SelenE, haraprasan, japiey, gannu, MMM, Silvio2006, izler, goldyrs, Alex99 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-06 8:51]

Hello Jane,
It's our Dove-day today.
Very beautiful photo of this Mourning Doves. Great details and natural colours on both Doves. Good contrasting colours against the dark BG. Very good POV and composition. Nice eye-contact.

Hi Jane,

Very beautiful capture of Mourning Doves with good pose and composition, nice POV, sharp details, nice colours and BG.



  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-06 9:25]

Hello Jane,
Lovely capture of these nicely posing Doves in beautiful light. The sharp details and beautiful colours stand out very nicely against the dark background. A fine composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Janei my dear friend,
What a perfect double Mourning Doves! and also perfect capture. I love also their postures. I have not seen before these beauties, thus thank you very much for sharing with us my friend.


two doves...and second dove critique. I spy some synchronicity here..I wonder if the Creator is trying to show me something? Hmmm..I shall ponder on that one, but as to the image, just fine...Having more than one is always a plus when they are both in good order!

Hello Jane,
You've captured these Morning Doves in beautiful light. Your sharpness and composition are very nicely done, showing their beautiful silky feathers.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-06 10:07]

Hello Jane,
This is a beautiful portrait of a pair of Mourning Doves. The lighting, pose, sharpness, contrasting dark neutral BG and composition on a rock are all superb.
A great shot, Jane, and thanks for sharing it.

Bellissimo momento di cattura, ottimi POV, DOF e composizione con posa perfetta sulla diagonale, molto buona la nitidezza e bellissimi i particolari del piumaggio e della colorazione, molto belli i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello jane,

what a nice picture, very good composition with the couple doves.they look into the same diection.
Good Dof, BG and pov.


  • Great 
  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-05-06 11:41]

Hello Ahmet,

Very nice couple, look like they have gold dust in their necks.
The picture is well composed and well framed, great
colors and sharpness.. Well done


  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-06 11:51]

Hi Jane. Not just one beautiful Dove but Two. I like the POV showing the markings on the feathers. good detail and colours. a nice DOF. well done TFs. good notes too.

Hello Jane, superb pair of mourning dove with perfect details. Regards, Bahadır

  • Great 
  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-05-06 12:31]

Hi Jane
this is a very good composition
well done.

Hi Jane,
Nice shot of this pair..I like the indentical poses and staggered comp of this..Well managed exposure, with good color, detail, and BG.
And look at all those shades of grey..
Sort of like the weather here today..but without the sun :(

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-06 13:52]

Hi Jane

A greatcomposition and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.


  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-06 13:53]

Good capture of these pretty Doves :-)
I love the little gold patches on their necks.
Great composition and POV.
Lovely light and spot-on exposure.
The DOF is superb!
"Shock Horror" the BG's not a blue sky! It's still very nice though :-))
Some very fine photography, Jane!
Best regards,


Hello my friend Jane,
Thank you for sharing these two beautiful Mourning Doves with a good pose on the rock!
good lighting to brings excellent sharpness, colour and details on them
great job
best regards

hello Jane

wonderful shot of this pair of Doves on the Rocks,
fine POV and DOF, lovely luminosity of the image
with excellent sharpness and details of the foreground, TFS


  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-06 19:08]

Hello Jane,
Catchy title, fantastic image and great note. Great work my friend. This image is very sharp with great details Jane.

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-06 23:35]

Hi Jane,
Nice capture of this pair. I like the background and the pose you captured. TFS
Best wishes,

Lovely birds, those doves Jane, but quite different from our doves in the Mediterranean region (Streptopelia decaocto). Their pattern and colouration details are perfectly portrayed here from a favourable POV, which are made to stand out by the dark BG. TFS my friend.

Hi Jane,
A nice capture of these two cute looking doves. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jane,

Good capture.
The POV is fantastic, and details fine.
Lovely tones..
All the best, dear.


  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-07 5:19]

Hi Jane
Nice presentation.You had capture that couple very well.Good POV and sharp image.I like that dark OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Hi Jane, lovely couple of cute doves with wonderful details and great sharpness, perfect focus and good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-05-07 14:02]

hello Jane
good capture and successful presentation of these cute species with their useful informations

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-07 21:19]

Hello Jane

A lovely capture of this pair of mourning doves.
The clarity is very good.Well focused with sharp details.
The POV is excellent.
Lovely catch light in the eyes.


  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-08 1:50]

Hello Jane, Great details and good colors of this dove. Contrast is perfect. Ganesh smiley tomorrow

Doves are messengers of peace, Jane...or at least the white ones are.I wonder if the same applies to these as well...The seem so much at peace with themselves.Very beautiful.

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-08 7:20]

Hello Jane! I love the title! :-) Very nicely composed shot with a very good technique, well done! Thanks,


  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-08 14:00]

Hi Jane,
Outstanding shot of this duo in such elegant poses. Immaculate sharpness and colours and the bright natural lighting is so perfectly handled. The rock serves as a fine perch. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-10 10:42]

Hi Jane.
Amazing picture of the cute pair at very impressive scenery. This is my new favorite shot from you. I like all in the picture. Wonderful and unusual scene, terrific details of the charming birds, excellent reproduction of stone texture and stunning also unusual BG. Bravo and all my compliments.

Calibration Check