Lynne Royce  


Mourning Doves by Lynne Royce

May 2022 - Mourning Doves

May 2022 - Lynne Royce

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One day last week while taking a break in a lawn chair at the edge of the garden I was startled to see two Mourning Doves sitting quietly next to me. I realized they were nesting. Grabbed my camera phone and clicked off 2 photographs, picked up my gardening tools and beat a hasty retreat. Hope my presence didn't disrupt their nesting. Did some minor editing in Snapseed. Maybe in a week or so will peek into this area to see if babies have hatched.MOURNING DOVES: One day last week while taking a break in a lawn chair at the edge of the garden I was startled to see two Mourning Doves sitting quietly next to me. I realized they were nesting. Grabbed my camera phone and clicked off 2 photographs, picked up my gardening tools and beat a hasty retreat. Hope my presence didn't disrupt their nesting. Did some minor editing in Snapseed. Maybe in a week or so will peek into this area to see if babies have hatched.


9 comments posted




Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
Fascinating that these doves stayed put while you relaxed. Did you see eggs? The right hand dove appears to have a brood patch so eggs are likely. Both the birds and the log seem super sharp. Was this the way they were without modification?
This image would make a great jigsaw puzzle!   Posted: 05/06/2022 10:54:02
Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Love the puzzle idea. Didn't stay long enough to try to spot eggs as was worried might upset Mourning Doves and make them abandon nest.   Posted: 05/14/2022 11:09:00



Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
Good comments Rich, I agree. Lynne, you were very patient to get these photos. This kind of photography shows you have a lot of skill. Nicely done. Of course we are expecting photos of the baby birds, if possible. 😀   Posted: 05/06/2022 11:24:50



Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Bravo! Hope you can continue to follow the action and when they start feeding the babies. You were really close. Did you use a tele lens on your smart phone?

I would consider using Snapped with a little vignette around the edges to help keep the viewer's eyes on the Doves.

Sure hope that you can record more when the babies show up. Keep up the great shooting. Jerry   Posted: 05/06/2022 14:36:25



Bob Barley   Bob Barley
As the others have said, this is a great image. I'm glad you were able to see them and capture the shot for us. And I agree with Richard that it could be a jigsaw puzzle. We look forward to seeing the chicks if you are able to capture shots of them, too. Nice photo!
  Posted: 05/06/2022 15:39:54



Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
What a great treat to be able to photograph the doves so close with a phone camera. Nice sharp detail in the doves and they even have a catch light in the eyes. My only suggestion would be to crop down a little tighter from the top left corner or add a vignette do force the views eye to stay on the doves. I hope we see babies next month 😉   Posted: 05/09/2022 21:51:11



Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Catching this with phone is remarkable. Did you use the telephoto zoom on a camera? The comments about trying to isolate the birds more from a rather busy frame seem valid. Vignette and blur might be worth a try.   Posted: 05/13/2022 07:38:22
Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Didn't use telephoto zoom on camera as was startled to find I was literally sitting right next to their nesting location.   Posted: 05/14/2022 11:02:19



Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Thanks for comments everyone. Adding vignette good advise. Not going to go back and capture pixs of babies cause have Cooper's Hawk and others circling overhead and don't want to give nest location away and cause babies to scatter making them more visible to hawk.   Posted: 05/14/2022 10:55:10



 

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