Mourning Doves: Hunting Season


The second in my series about the various dove species in west Texas.  Today is about Mourning Doves. (Zenaida macroura).   Slightly larger than the White-winged Dove, it is grayish-brown in color, with dark spots on the wings towards the tail.  There is a pale blue orbital ring arount the eye.  It is a slender bird, with long, pointed tail.  Fairly narrow body, with pointed wings held close while flapping.

Mourning Doves

  • Photograph taken   May 18, 2007
  • Canon EOS 20D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/400 sec. @ f9 – ISO 200
  • Lens focal length – 400mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority

Mourning Dove

  • Photograph taken  December 28, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/1600 sec. @ f6.3 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment – ISO 1600
  • Lens focal length – 400mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Shutter priority

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