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Mourning Dove on a cold winter morning

Mourning Dove on a cold winter morning
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-26 14:55
Viewed: 3717
Points: 26
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I took this picture of a Mourning Dove in a park near my office in a very cold winter morning! Hope you'll like it!

Physical description :

Mourning dove is medium sized, brownish, with a pointed, white tipped tail. Males are larger than females and are slightly brighter coloured. Mourning dove is a warm-coloured, cinnamon-brownish dove, with a long, graduated tail. On ground, look for large blackish spots on inner greater coverts and tertials, and small black mark at side of neck. It has a purple and green iridescence on neck. The bill is black, very thin and delicate. Legs are reddish in colour. The eye has a bluish ring of bare skin.
Sexes are similar, but male is slightly larger than female, and more colourful, with bluish crown and pink chest.
Juvenile is greyer and heavily speckled on wings and breast, but lacks neck patch.

Voice :

Advertising call is a mournful "oowoo-woo-woo-woo". Wings produce a fluttering whistle as the bird takes flight.

Habitat :

Mourning dove likes farms, small towns, open woodlands, scrubs, roadsides and grasslands, parks and large gardens.
GEOGRAPHIC RANGE: Alaska and Southern Canada to Panama. They basically cover all of North America and most of South Africa.

Behaviour :

Mourning dove feeds on ground in open country, and about habitation. Out of breeding season, mourning dove lives and roosts in flocks.
They are monogamous, and they have an elaborated courtship display. Male walks toward female, or pursues it, fluffing its feathers, and singing. Male performs flights displays too, flapping wings noisily, or gliding.
Mourning dove has a widespread migration patterns. Migration begins in the breeding grounds, and continues to the southern areas to go to escape the harsh winter months. The birds can fly over 1000 of miles through hostile environment, to reach their winter resting spot.

Flight :

Mourning dove shows its long tail, and white tips on outer tail feathers. When disturbed, it bursts into strong, rapid flight on whistling wings. It has a strong power of flight.

Reproduction-nesting :

After finding a mate, mourning dove male initiates the nest selection site. Nest construction takes over 10 hours on 3 or 4 days. The nest is a poor built platform in shrubs, trees, vines, on about 15 feet above the ground. The male delivers nesting materials to the female, who builds the nest. He stands on her back and offers her sticks and twigs, which she incorporates into a bowl around herself.
The female lays 2 small, white eggs in the open nest. Incubation lasts 14 to 15 days. Both male and female share incubating and the feeding of the young. Both parents regurgitate crop milk (pigeon milk) to the young birds. After five days, seeds are added to their diet. The young fledge at about 15 days, but parental feeding continues for up 12 days after fledging.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-06-26 15:06]

Lovely sharp portrait and beautiful colours. He looks so sweet all fluffed up.

Lovely colors and portrait. Ori

very nice shot birds!!

Hi Michel!
That is a lovely shot I think .Colors compositions and ligts are very well.

Hello Michel!
Such a vivid colours and clear details! The photo is so lively! i like its face details and beautiful eye. A little bit puffy pose also! The sky's blue looks wonderful! Great shot! Thank you!

  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-26 16:37]

Hi Michel,
Fantastic shot, the detail is quite stunning. All the textures of the feathers are clearly visible, really great detail. A nice POV to frame the Dove among the branches, excellent colours and great DOF. Interesting note too, excellent post.

Points tomorrow, I have none left today.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-06-26 16:56]

Hi Michel,
Excellent POV and detail,
You took full advantage of the natural lighting.
Good Work :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-06-26 17:00]

Bonjour Michel,

Bien fait et bien vue. Well done on the capture and composition.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-26 20:48]

Bonjour Michel!

Félicitations pour cette belle capture. L'éclairage est parfait et fait bien ressortir les couleurs et les détails de l'oiseau.

Merci pour l'envoie.

Great perspective against the blue sky, Michel.
The rest of the BG composed of criss-crossing barren branches of a tree is also well suited to the subject.
Good depth of view and sharpness.

Hi Michel!
Lovely colors and superb picture, i like the composition a lot , the blue sky BG works perfectly here, great post

Lovely post. I took some shots just 2 days ago in my garden of a mother feeding the one chick, will get to posting it sometime. TFS.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-06-27 21:20]

Félicitations, Michel, pour cette belle photo.
Très intéressants détails du plumage caractéristique à la Tourterelle. Ses couleurs sont d'un beau naturel. J'aime son semblant d'inquiétude dans son regard. Belle et bonne prise.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-29 8:11]

Salut Michel,
very nice details on this mourning dove, but I think some one is feeding ot too well ;-). Mind you in winter a few extra grams won't hurt.
POV, colors and lighting is very nice.

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