Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

May 3, 2013

Doves at the Bath

Filed under: backyard, behavior, Birds, light — richditch @ 7:10 pm
White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove, Nikon D300, 300/2.8 AF-S lens plus TC14E (1.4x converter(, ISO 800, 1/250th second at f/5.6, 4/28/2013 at 4:18 pm

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove, Nikon D300, 300/2.8 AF-S lens plus TC14E (1.4x converter), ISO 800, 1/60th second at f/5.6, 4/28/2013 at 5:27 pm

Water is a great attraction in any yard, and especially in hot dry Phoenix. Now that we’ve had three consecutive days of triple digit highs we know that the summer heat is just ahead fort us. With the heat the backyard birds make more use of both our birdbath and the water feature in these two images.

Most of the larger birds – the doves, quail, and grackles – as well as many of the smaller birds – the finches, sparrows, thrashers and mockingbirds – use the traditional shallow bowl birdbath for drinking. The water feature gets visited by the doves, starlings, and warblers for bathing and drinking – it seems the warblers are attracted by the sound of the running water.

Both shots were made on April 28 from inside the house and through the glass patio door. If I’m careful to avoid reflections of internal light on the glass, and if I keep the outside clean (a major issue) I can get reasonable quality in the image. The shots lose some sharpness and a lot of contrast, so I compensate for the flatness in post processing of the raw files by moving the black slider many points to the right.

Also note the difference in the light between these iamges. Although they were both taken on the same afternoon, the young Mourning Dove was shot over an hour later than the aWhite-winged Dove and has softer warmer tones as a result.

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