Doves at Rest

Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura), common over much of North and Central America, are frequent visitors to bird feeders in winter. They’re ground feeders and typically flutter into a feeding site from a high perch, eat a large quantity of seed very quickly, then burst out of sight, bullet-like. The consumed food is stored temporarily in a pouch or “crop” in the esophagus, and is digested later from the safety and comfort of an elevated perch.

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Photo by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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4 thoughts on “Doves at Rest

    • Thanks Denise. I received a similar comment on a Robin post last year and I totally agree. Since 90% of my photography occurs within 20 miles of home and involves “common” species, the primary goal of my nature photography has morphed into a quest to capture/present the commonplace in an uncommon manner. I’m dealing with this challenge now, as I prepare a post on “blackbirds”.

  1. That’s quite a challenge you’ve set yourself. Nice way to feature the common doves. We had lots of them at (under) our feeder back at the house in the forest. 😉

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