Eurasian Collared-Dove: Hunting Season


Fourth in a series about dove species in west Texas. Eurasian Collared-Dove. (Streptopelia decaocto).   Common in San Angelo area but not in great numbers.  In fact, upon investigation this the only usable image that I have in my files.  The largest of the local dove species, it is pale tan in color with a black half-collar.

Eurasian Collared-Dove

  • Photographed  March 11, 2009
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 5/100 sec. @ f8 – ISO 400
  • Lens focal length – 365mm
  • Metering – spot
  • Aperture priority

Click image to see an enlargement.

Inca Dove: Hunting Season


Third in a series about the dove species that can be found in west Texas.  Inca Dove. Colombina inca).  Smallest of the doves found locally.  Very secretive little bird.  Small, deep-bellied, long-tailed dove with a short neck, small head, and short bill.  Pale gray to sandy colored overall.  All feathers brown-tipped to give a scaled look.  To me, this bird is the cutest of the species.

Inca Dove

  • Photographed August 14, 2007
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens with 1.4 -tele-converter
  • 1/800 sec. @ f5.6 – ISO 800
  • Lens focal distance – 700mm
  • Metering – pattern
  • Aperture priority

Inca Dove

  • Photographed  January 12, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm lens
  • 1/400 sec. @ f9 –  plus 1/3 EV adjustment – ISO 250
  • Lens focal distance – 250mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority

Inca Dove

  • Photographed  April 6, 2008
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/800 sec. @ f5.6 – ISO 800
  • Lens focal distance – 700mm
  • Metering – pattern
  • Aperture priority

Click on any image to see an enlargement.

White-winged Doves: Hunting Season


Since the dove hunting season has begun here in west Texas, this would be a good time to bring you up to date on the different species that you can find here.  I will do a post each day covering all the different ones.

First up:  White-winged Dove. (Zenaida asiatica).  Medium sized, but larger than the Mourning Dove, it has a short square tail and broad wings.  It is an unmarked pale brown overall color with broad white streaks along the edges of the folded wings.  A bluish hue surrounds the orange eyes.  It sports a long thin bill, slightly down-curved.

White-winged Dove

  • Photographed on September 10, 2010
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/400 sec. @ f8  ISO  640
  • Lens focal length – 340mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority

White-winged Dove

  • Photographed on June 7, 2009
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/400 sec. @ f6.3 – ISO 400
  • Lens focal length – 340mm
  • Metering – center weighted
  • Aperture priority

Click on either image to see an enlargement.  Enjoy.

Happy Labor Day Week-end


Here it is Sunday morning, September 4, 2011.  That means that tomorrow is the first Monday of September and therefore it will be Labor Day.  The annual holiday that separates the warm days of summer and the beginning of the cooler fall days.

Of course, it doesn’t always happen that way, but thankfully, that is the way it is this year in west Texas, particularly here in San Angelo.  After a very scorching summer, June, July, August, with a record 93 days of 100+ degree days.  The old record was 60 days set back in 1969.  We also set a record with 36 days of 105+ degree days.  Again the old record was 14 days set back in 1969.  This was the hottest summer since record keeping began back in 1907, 104 years ago.

But as I said, the recent tropical storms in the gulf have helped lower our temperatures here and tomorrow is supposed to be a balmy 89 degrees.  Tomorrow morning I think I can get back out and try to do something about bringing my yard back to looking normal.

The fall migration should also be starting in a few days, and I am hoping that there will be enough feed left for the birds to make their annual stopovers, before heading further south.  I have my cameras cleaned and my camera bag gadgets sorted.  I’m ready to get back to trying to capture the beauty of wildlife on the wing and on the ground.

I am glad that I got into photography so many years ago.  After my years of being a professional saxophonist, I had to have another outlet for my creativity.  I wasn’t interested in painting.  Heck, I tried finger-painting, but it took me three weeks to do the kitchen.  So I am happy with photography, and I have found that a person can be just as creative with a camera, as one can with a brush, (or fingers). 🙂

So I am just sitting here pondering the next few months.  In the immediate future, starting tomorrow I will do a series of posts about the doves here in the Concho River Valley.  The dove hunting season started a few days ago so I thought it would be an apt time to do so.

After that, maybe we can work in a trip to the Big Bend country again in a few weeks.  I guess that is where my heart is.  It seems to draw me back each year for at least one visit.  There I might just find some photographic opportunities for some future blog items.  We can hope so.

So have a fun but safe holiday weekend.