Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

January 15, 2011

Equal Time for Inca Doves

Filed under: behavior, Birds, composition, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch — richditch @ 7:44 pm
Inca Dove

Inca Dove

In yesterday’s post I let my excitement over the possibility of three species of doves huddled together cloud my analysis of the actual species identity. Jack Holloway’s response makes it clear that I didn’t have an Inca Dove in that nice grouping of doves. So, it seems only appropriate that I give the Inca Dove some screen time.

I seldom get clear views of this species so most of my shots of them have some foreground branches. But I compose as if I had a clear view and just let the twigs alone. I am careful, though, to avoid having a branch cross the subject’s face or cast a shadow on it.

01/05/11 at the Gilbert Water Ranch, Nikon D200, 300/2.8 AF-S Nikkor with TC20E (2x) converter, Gitzo tripod, ISO 400, 1/640th second at f/8, cropped to 87% of frame for balance.

Inca Dove Pair

Inca Dove Pair

Here’s another shot from the Water Ranch, this time with two Inca Doves keeping warm. I tried hard to get the complete tails in the frame, but I couldn’t get the camera high enough to shoot over an intervening bush so I settled for clipped tails.

01/12/11, D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E, tripod, ISO 400, 1/200th second at f/8, 74% of frame.

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