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I was out walking around the desert by my house again looking for some new cactus bloom shots. Well I spotted some nice orange ones and walked up to take a photo. I put the camera up to my eye and started to compose the shot when I got a shock, there in my viewfinder were eyes looking at me. This dove scared me more than I think I did it. Anyway I just had to move about a foot to the right and got this photo of the dove protecting it's babies or eggs. Well it let me take at least five photos. In my haste I forgot to use my flash, but for this shot I used it showing it's head that was in the shade much better. I think if I put my hand by it, it would bite me before it would leave it's nest. I talked to it for a little after the photo shoot, then said thanks for the photos and left. I'm pretty sure I can find the nest again and will be checking up on the new family from time to time. Open the large photo then push your F11 key for the best view.


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Hi Brian and Irisheaglesone, Thanks so much for your wonderful comments on my photo. Irisheaglesone, I'm glad you enjoyed my dove photo. I will try to get some more in the next few days.. Brian she did surprise me with not flying away, she just sat there and let me get real close to take some photos. I found the nest again yesterday and she is still there. I'm going to try and get photos of the eggs and the babies when they hatch.
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Beautiful! I love doves and capturing one in this way is so wonderful.
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bubbalinn - Apr 29, 2008 02:11 PM EDT
Hi Karen, Alandra, Jas, Carol, and Ann.. Thank You All so much for your wonderful comments. Yea Karen they are hard to see, I still can't believe I walked up on this one and did not even see it. I also thought the same thing about the nest, what a mess. With it getting hot out here I guess the small and vented nest is the best for keeping the little ones cool. Hi Alandra, LOL I did not think about her using eyeliner.. Thanks Jas I'm glad you liked the large view. I guess the nest is built to Dove standards, maybe she broke the needles off before building the nest :) Hi Carol, Thanks for the thumbs up... I'm sure going to try and get some shots of the babies. Hi Ann, Thanks very much, I'm glad you liked my photo.
A.Lovely - Apr 29, 2008 10:29 AM EDT
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This is a great bird photo Alan,truly the best I have seen! Hope you get more of the babies when they hatch. Carol
Jas - Apr 29, 2008 05:48 AM EDT
The large image is a must view! Great, unexpected, capture of the very pretty dove and a bonus to find her sitting on eggs/chicks? Hope she built the nest nice and thick to protect her and the chicks from the cactus spines. :)
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wanted to add, after viewing the large image, that I love her aqua eyeliner too : ) She's so beautiful.
Karen Moen - Apr 29, 2008 01:01 AM EDT
Beautifully captured mourning dove. This shot really shows how effective her coloring is for camouflage. Their nests always look like the twigs were thrown together in haste! Lol!
bubbalinn - Apr 28, 2008 11:16 PM EDT
Hi Abba, You snuck in while I was typing. Thanks very much for the nice comment. I'm glad you liked my photo. Hey theres no tall buildings out here so they have to build there nests someplace ROFL...
bubbalinn - Apr 28, 2008 11:04 PM EDT
Hi Vicki, Alandra, and Mary.. Thanks so much for looking at my photo and leaving your nice comments. It will be fun Vicki watching the nest as long as I can find it again :) Hey Alandra, I sure hope I get to see the little ones and get some shots. They are quite safe, the nest is a good four feet off of the ground and surrounded by cactus. They only thing that can get to them is a human or another bird. Hi Mary, I'm glad you got a kick out of the F11 thing. It works nice for seeing more of the pages no matter what web site your at.
Abba - Apr 28, 2008 10:52 PM EDT
Ahh, the wonders of the desert...I never would have imagined you'd find a dove hanging out in the cactus! A great shot with good clarity on the bird, especially considering that neither you nor the bird expected to see each other out!
marysham - Apr 28, 2008 09:37 PM EDT
A sweet capture Alan. Doves have such an air of innocence. I also like your F11 trick. My whole desktop disappeared! :)
alandrapal - Apr 28, 2008 09:28 PM EDT
that is sooo sweet, Alan! It looks as if the mama dove is wearing a necklace, too! What a wonderful sight to behold! A treasure for sure. Will look forward to seeing baby doves. Is the nest built right on the ground?, can't quite tell. I sure hope it will be safe from predators, but I guess that's the way nature is, all a bit risky.
TravlynWomyn - Apr 28, 2008 08:30 PM EDT
Stunning image of the beautiful dove, Alan. Can't wait to see what happens after the chicks hatch. Vicki

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