Not an owl

My wife often thinks that she hears owls when the mourning doves call.  It is a hoo, hoo sound but very distinctive to the mourning dove and actually the origin of the “mourning” name.  I enjoy watching them in my yard and don’t even really mind when the make that whistling sound when the fly suddenly to the sky when startled.

The bird is really beautiful when you can see the variations of color and markings of its plumage.  They tend to like feeding on the ground but they also like platform feeders.  Lately, when I put seed on my platform feeder, I get a variety of larger birds competing for a turn.  Doves, Blue Jays, Thrashers and Cardinals all come and try to push their weight around to get at the seed.  The doves don’t fight much but they are large enough to scare away smaller birds.  Seems like they get plenty enough to eat none the less.

Mourning Dove
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/60sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #MourningDove #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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