Thursday, November 6, 2008

Skywatch Friday: Eurasian Collared-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove in Coolidge, AZ by kathiesbirds 11-1-08

Click to enlarge for the best view

What's the best thing to do the morning after Halloween? Go for a bird walk of course! I set out early on November 1, 2008 to see what I could see after spending the night in Coolidge to witness my grandson, Xavier's first Halloween. G had told me he had seen a "little owl" in the barren field behind the school. I decided I would try to find the owl. I was unsuccessful that morning but I did find this Eurasian Collared-Dove perched atop a weather vane. Did it, perhaps know that the winds of change were in the air?

Eurasian Collared-Doves are an old world species that became established in Florida in the 1980's according to Kaufman's Field Guide to Birds of North America. They have expanded their range north and west since then. Not to be confused with Mourning Doves, this bird lacks the dark spots on the wings but it sports a dark, thin crescent on the back of the neck. Unlike the pointed tail of the Mourning Dove, this bird's tail is square with more extensive white and its wings do not make that characteristic whistling sound when it takes of. The voice is different also. It is found most often in suburbs and cities and is less likely to be found in wild areas. I saw my first one in Fort Myers, Florida on January 18, 2003.

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Birds seen in Coolidge 11-1-08: 1. kestrel (1), 2. mourning dove (43), 3. Eurasian collared-dove (7), 4. raven species (4), 5. Anna's hummingbird (1), 6. Rock pigeon (3), 7. killdeer (3), 8. northern flicker (1), 9. Say's phoebe (1), 10. verdin (1), 11. house finch (6), 12. house sparrow (50), 13. great-tailed grackle (30).

22 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

That dove has a great sense of humour. LOL

Kathryn and Ari said...

What a great shot--and a very brave dove (or at least a bird that can't distinguish two-dimensional images).

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Gah! When I first looked I thought the predator was real! Good sense of humor and a wonderful photo :)

Happy Sky Watching!
~Lisa
New Mexico, USA

Tabib said...

Good position.
That seel bird looking east and your dove looking north.
We only have Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)here.

Happy SW Friday!

Tabib said...

Good position.
That seel bird looking east and your dove looking north.
We only have Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)here.

Happy SW Friday!

Louise said...

Interesting bird which I have not knowingly seen, and definitely have never even heard of. Nice SWF post!

Mary said...

What an interesting shot....the dove looks in grave danger :-)

TSannie said...

Lovely dichotomy! The dove below the "bird or prey".

Abraham Lincoln said...

That encounter is so real and happens all the time. LOL Well, not so funny for the bottom bird.

bobbie said...

This is a really great shot! The dove on the weather vane is super. The weather vane itself would have been super. How wonderful that the bird decided to perch there!

kjpweb said...

Beautiful - especially on the vane and the sky backdrop!
Cheers, Klaus

babooshka said...

Marvellous capture. Weather vane and bird such a moment.

Deborah Godin said...

Haven't seen either of those birds around here!! What a great humorous shot.

bookbabie said...

How perfect catching the dove on that weather vane:)

AphotoAday said...

Watch out dove!

Kyle said...

Wonderful image, Kathie! I love the shot of the peaceful, innocent dove -- seemingly oblivious to the apparent danger of the "eagle" above. And all set against such a crisp blue morning sky. Beautiful!

Roy said...

Hi Kathie
We have and abundance of Collared Doves over her, very common.

Denise said...

Well caught Kathie, a great photo and I enjoyed learning something of the Collared Dove. Thank you.

Wren said...

This is great, Kathie. Do you think birds have those "I always hate photos of me" moments like we humans do?

Rambling Woods said...

I have heard that this dove is on the move..thank you for more info on it...

Quiet Paths said...

How did you get that shot? No way! That is just great.

Texas Travelers said...

I agree. Great sense of humor.

Terrific photo. Perfect focus. I notice from the exif data on your photo that the program mode choose 1/1000 sec and f/5.6 at 300mm. It made a good choice to give adequate depth of field and a sharp steady focus. If you didn't use a tripod, you have a good steady hand.

Well done.

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Troy and Martha