BELINDA GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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MOURNING DOVE

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Mourning Dove

It was nice to catch the mourning dove tilting its head.  I thought it made for a more interesting photo. I learned that they exist in large numbers and are prolific breeders which is a good thing, as they’re heavily hunted in North America.  Their name is derived from their rather plaintive call.

32 thoughts on “MOURNING DOVE

  1. This is a beautiful portrait – the colouring all round is lovely too.

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  2. Sweet capture, Belinda, it adds personality. I love the dusty-rose of its breast… matter of fact, I chose wall paint that is just that color. 😉

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  3. This is a very beautiful portrait of Dove! You managed so wonderfully to capture him on the tree. I think that he is very comfortable with your presence.

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  4. Nice Belinda! Love the head angle!

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  5. What a beautiful shot, Belinda. It’s a real beauty.

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  6. Mourning Dove! How beautiful this bird is, how elegant.
    Belinda, that is an excellent portrait of this beautiful bird!!!

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  7. i have LOTS of mourning doves where i live. i hear them calling out every morning and evening. this year i have more quail than i have ever seen in the 20 years living where i live. the quail are such funny birds. they are quite nervous birds.

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  8. This summer we have had a mourning dove perch in the tree nearby our deck around lunchtime and serenade us. It’s been such a treat.

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  9. I was trying to decide if it’s the look of the dove or what I already know about them that makes them appear so peaceful and harmless. Compare this to a photo of a hawk with those sharp eyes and hooked, tearing beak. This dove looks like it belongs on a Christmas card (maybe for places like California – no snow). Beautiful.

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  10. I love the sound of mourning doves! It reminds me a being a little kid walking to church on a Sunday morning. I couldn’t see them, just heard their song. We have some now in our new neighbourhood. I understand they mate for life, so you usually see them in pairs.

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  11. This is such a beautiful picture! I am so fond of mourning doves but all my pictures have them perched on my balcony railing. I love the natural setting surrounding this one. Gorgeous!

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  12. Beautiful, Belinda, I love when a bird cocks its head when they look at us. And that blue eye ring is pretty cool on these doves!

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  13. The tilted head seems to give it a nicely quizzical expression. As you were contemplating the dove, what was it thinking about you?

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  14. Beautiful catch with a special twinkle in the eye.

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  15. A wonderful photo, Belinda. I love the sound this bird makes, calming.

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