Yesterday morning while photographing male Brewer’s Blackbirds I took my eye away from my viewfinder and found a Eurasian Collared-Dove directly in front of me. Of course, I felt I had to photograph it.

Winter Eurasian Collared-Dove portrait – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 1000, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The dove was so close that my only option was to take portraits of the bird. Even if I had taken my 1.4x TC off I still wouldn’t have been able to photograph the whole bird. I would have clipped the bird’s long tail.

Besides, I love portraits of my subjects. Why not take them when a bird or animal comes in close? Or, maybe the better question is, why wouldn’t I take portraits of them when they are that comfortable in my presence?

This portrait shows fine plumage details that would be harder to see if the bird were father away. Plus, I had a terrific view of the cherry red iris of this species.

And yes, I know Eurasian Collared-Doves are not native. They are now in North America in such large numbers that not much can be done about it. I accept their presence. I’m not going to complain about having these doves in my viewfinder. They are birds and I love birds.

Winking Eurasian Collared-Dove portrait, Salt Lake County, UtahWinking Eurasian Collared-Dove portrait – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 1000, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

After taking the first portrait I continued taking a few more and laughed out loud when I saw the dove blink. It looks more like a wink than a blink on this photo but I liked it. I liked it enough that I couldn’t resist sharing the winking dove in the hope it will make one of you smile or laugh. The dove may look a little cross, but I’m not.

Happy Spring!

And what better way to welcome the first day of spring than with a smile or laugh? Spring makes me smile!

Life is good.


Click here to see more of my Eurasian Collared-Dove photos plus facts and information and information about this species.

Autor Mia McPherson


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