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Featured in “The World As We See It , or as we missed it” March 2011

A close-up of a Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) blending into its surroundings at a favorite watering hole for a mid morning drink. This bird is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds and gets its name from its plaintive woo-oo-oo-oo call. It is a prolific breeder and one pair may raise up to six broods a year! This is probably just as well as it is also the leading game bird, with up to 70 million birds shot annually in the U.S, both for sport and for meat. However its conservation status falls into the “least concern” category (the number of individual Mourning Doves is estimated to be approximately 475 million).

Interestingly, it is considered to be the most closely related species to the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), which was hunted to extinction in the early 1900s. This species had also been one of the most abundant in the world during the 19th Century and one sighting in 1866 in southern Ontario was described as being 1 mile wide, 300 miles long, and taking 14 hours to pass a single point with number estimates in excess of 3.5 billion birds in the flock!………..

But history couldn’t repeat itself……could it?

Photographed at Cabin Lake, Oregon, USA

Canon 40D
1/2500sec f6.3 ISO 320
500mm lens

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  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsalmost 4 years ago

    Superb close-up detail Martin and excellent lighting as always.

  • Thanks very much for your kind comments David, truly appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Martin!

  • Many thanks for your visit and kind comments Istvan, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellalmost 4 years ago

    It’s so amazing that I in Ontario can appreciate the presence of a Mourning Dove in winter, with my cold winter climate and that you can too have this beautiful and sweet creature on the west coast.

    We are luck to share this through your beautiful and evocative image!
    Many thanks,

  • Thank you so much Marilyn, I appreciate you kind comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    What a beauty Martin. Well captured.

  • Thank you so much for your kind support and comments Bunny!

    – Martin Smart

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 4 years ago

    Lovely image.

  • Thank you very much Barb!

    – Martin Smart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Martin!!

  • Thank you very much Marvin!

    – Martin Smart

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you very much for the Feature Pop’s, greatly appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Martin Smart

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    1 image per day / March 7, 2011 / Limit 20

  • Thank you Kon.

    – Martin Smart

  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 4 years ago

    Superb profile, that head is pin sharp Martin

  • Thank you very much Macky!

    – Martin Smart

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