It was a muggy but very breezy morning so a walk was possible. About half way through I spotted this sweet mourning dove perched on a rock by the Thames River, partially hidden behind some vegetation. She stayed put while I moved around trying to get her best angle.
I was surprised that she made no motion to leave until I grew tired of taking pictures and turned around to leave. Then she finally flew off. It was a treat seeing a mourning dove by the water because they usually show up on our balcony and in the trees behind our condo. I appreciated the chance to get some pictures of one in a much more natural setting.
20 thoughts on “mourning dove photo shoot”
I love doves – they are such calm creatures. I watch them walking around in our garden in the early morning. I love to listen to their cooing.
I love their cooing, too, even when it starts up in the middle of the night in the spring. It’s very soothing. They’re great companions in the garden. 🙂
Aw, I love mourning doves! Monkey is always puzzled when I’m outside with him, hear one make that familiar cooing sound, and respond in kind! We can go on like that for a long time, too.Thanks for some beautiful up-close and personal shots of this sweet-faced bird!
You’re welcome, Debbie! It looks like there are lots of us mourning dove fans in the world! I admire your ability to coo like a mourning dove — what a treat that must be to communicate with them in their language. (I can’t imitate that sound!) I can just picture Monkey trying to figure out what you’re doing. 😉
Such pretty birds, I love their rosy-sand colored feathers and blue eye-ring. She seemed to know she was on display!
When I read your description of rosy-sand it dawned on me that my living room color scheme is very much ‘mourning dove,’ including hints of blue and pink!
GMTA, I painted my hallway and stairs that color, picking the color at the paint store with the bird in mind! 😉 Nature inspires!
It sure does! How cool that you picked the paint color thinking of the mourning dove! I did something similar in the bathroom, matching the paint color with a print of a majestic stag.
She’s beautiful! And obviously she knows it. What a model. We have a family-full of doves at our place and the soothing sounds they make are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing these photos!
You’re welcome, Pam! How lucky you are to have a whole family of mourning doves to enjoy in your yard! I love their cooing and enjoy hearing the ones who come to our balcony and the trees behind our condo.
My favorites are #4 and #10. Very sweet to pose for you!
She was awfully sweet and surprisingly cooperative. 😊
I like them all Barbara but like you, #8 was my favorite. The #5 picture “looking out to sea” with the head swiveled out made me smile. What a patient bird posing like that … whenever I see a dove, it takes off right away. I wonder what I’m doing wrong?
I doubt you’re doing anything wrong, Linda. Most of the doves I encounter don’t stick around long enough to get more than a quick shot, if that. The ones who land on my balcony railing seem more tolerant of humans, even friendly. This one really surprised me. The first time I changed position I fully expected her to fly away but she didn’t. I think my mother was sending me an encouraging message because I’ve been supporting my sister who is coping with a difficult health problem.
Thanks Barbara – that makes me feel better. I try not to make any sudden movements that will scare the critters off. This dove was was meant to be there for you. I will keep your sister in my prayers.
Thank you so much, Linda. 💙🙏
Oh, Barbara, these are beautiful! What a wonderful opportunity, so happy for you! She surely does look to be modeling for you, how sweet. Great work with all the angle shots! Well done!!
Thank you, Donna!! I was looking for ducks and songbirds that day but we never know what unexpected treat will be waiting out there for us. 😉 It was fun moving around and having her watch me!