The Mourning Dove
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I took this photograph one afternoon recently while I was doing my afternoon farm/horse chores. I always have my Nikon camera with me and noticed this lovely Mourning Dove watching me and the three horses I was with at the time. So we watched each other and I know I enjoyed the moment. Life is so wonderful for me when I can catch a moment to kind of communicate with the wild life around me.
The Mourning Dove is a graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that is common across the continent. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying. Mourning Doves are the most frequently hunted species in North America.
The shape is a plump-bodied and long-tailed, with short legs, small bill, and a head that looks particularly small in comparison to the body. The long, pointed tail is unique among North American doves.
The Mourning Doves often match their open-country surroundings. Theyre delicate brown to buffy tan overall, with black spots on the wings and black-bordered white tips to the tail feathers.
Mourning Doves fly fast on powerful wing beats, sometimes making sudden ascents, descents, and dodges, their pointed tails stretching behind them.
You can see Mourning Doves nearly anywhere except the deep woods. Look for them in fields or patches of bare ground, or on overhead perches like telephone wires.
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April 24th, 2013
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