Pigeon Dove Field Birds

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Lighthouse Point, West Cliff Drive – Santa Cruz, California – October 1, 2011
This is one of two pigeons that I always find on the south side of Lighthouse Point. They just sit there and cuddle. What a life. You can say what you want about pigeons, but you can’t deny their beauty. Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/500 sec, tripod

Seacliff Sate Beach – Aptos, California – March 31, 2011
This pigeon was just begging to have its photo taken. If memory serves, it was perched on a railing next to Aptos Creek on the south end of Seacliff park. Nikon D80, Nikon 70-300 zoom at 250mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO 100

Santa Cruz, California – March 31, 2011
There are a pair of doves that raise their chicks under my neighbor’s house. I haven’t seen the chicks this year. This adult was comfortably relaxing in the neighbor’s planting box. It was taken in fairly low light early in the morning, so it’s a good thing the bird was not moving around much. Nikon D80, Nikon 70-300 zoom at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 200

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum – Santa Cruz, California – March 29, 2011
This is my last photo taken at the arboretum for this spring trip. I am usually drawn to the male sex of the California Quail because he is such a handsome bird, but you take what opportunity presents itself when taking photos of birds. This is a female. The arboretum is covered with low bushes and I always see quail when visiting. You don’t see them for long, because the moment they see you they are running for cover. Nikon D80, Nikon 70-300 zoom at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 200

Sequim, WA area – January 18, 2010
We have a favorite drive down by the water that often treats us with Bald Eagles and other raptors. We saw a few of these Eurasian Collared-Doves in two different locations in the Sequim area this day. The first two photos were taken next to the water. The third photo was taken near the Dungeness River Audubon Center – in a neighborhood not far from the bridge. I know the photo says 2009, but when I was posting this I realized the photo was actually taken in 2010. Therefore, this is my first 2010 photo.

UCSC Arboretum – Santa Cruz, California – March 31, 2009
As I’ve said before, the University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum is one of my favorite birding spots – especially for hummers. However, it seems like every time I visit I see a quick glimpse of a few California Quail. On this occasion, the bird actually posed for me shortly before scattering off into the bushes.

Carmel, Maine – December 31, 2008
Winter in Maine means Modos under the bird feeders.

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center – Maine – July 22, 2008
While walking through rather heavy forest growth, a group of turkeys and their young were watching us very closely. I didn’t get a photo of the little ones, but here are a few shots. The second shot is not sharp, but it shows the side markings of the turkey which the other two photos don’t show. The first photo – a face only a mother could love!

University of California Santa Cruz – Arboretum – April 3, 2008
This was our first time visiting this location, and our short time there definitely made a positive impression for a potential great birding sight. We saw a small covey of quail near where our car was parked, but they were fast. I barely got a couple shots off before the birds entered into the heavy bushes. If you don’t see a lot of birds here, which I doubt would happen, you can enjoy the many varieties of plants in the arboretum.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500 mm

Santa Cruz, California – April 2, 2008
These baby doves were living underneath the neighbor’s house. They wandered out when a parent came with food. I’m amazed that a cat didn’t get them. The last photo shows the birds at feeding time. Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom and Manfrotto tripod

Theler Wetlands – Belfair, Washington – March 22, 2008
One of the walking bridges near the end of the trail usually has a few pigeons living underneath it. This pigeon has different coloring than the rest of the birds. Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

Carmel, Maine – December 25, 2007
Turkeys sometimes browse under the bird feeders.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 200mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400, Manfrotto tripod, taken from dining room window

Carmel, Maine – December 20, 2007
Here is one of those ground-feeders I talked about. Shawn would spread seed under the feeders and not just leave it to the droppings. Hey, it was cold out there! Most of the backyard photos were taken through the window. There was no way I was going outside to become a popsicle.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 410mm, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, f/6.0, Manfrotto tripod – taken through dining room window

Theler Wetlands – Belfair, Washington – October 21, 2007
I really like the colors in this digiscoped photo of this bird. I was hoping for a pose out in the open, but this was as good as I got. This is a very typical environmental photo of the pheasant in a wetland habitat. A good photo doesn’t always have to be of a bird with the perfect profile. This one tells more about where the bird is that what the bird is. Does that make sense?
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, 1/200 sec, f3.1 and ISO 50.

Leggett, California – July 16, 2007
As we were leaving our visit to the Chandelier Redwood Tree, we observed this California Quail on the side of the road. The photo may have been taken by my son-in-law. I took some shots and then I handed the camera to him across the car to try to get a closer photo. I’ll take the credit for the photo processing even if he did click the shutter. :-) Here are 2 of the 5 shots saved.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500mm, 1/250 sec, Manfrotto tripod

Santa Cruz, California – July 11, 2007
It is very nice to wake up to the sound of doves cooing outside your window. I took this photo on the hillside down my the lagoon at the Santa Cruz Advent Christian Campground. Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500mm, 1/80 sec, Manfrotto tripod

Sacramento National Wildlife – Refuge – Willows, California – July 10, 2007
Here is a set of 4 photos showing young pheasants and a female. This refuge is an auto trail that leads around the area. There is only one location for getting out of your car, so you are supposed to photograph from your car. We were the only idiots braving the near 100 degree temps, so I got out of the car now and then to shoot from the tripod. Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500mm at 500mm, 1/250 sec, Manfrotto tripod

Vaughn Bay, Washington – May 27, 2007
Every morning and evening the Mourning Doves drop by, along with a few Rock Pigeons, for a snack of cracked corn. The birds also forage around the backyard for whatever interests them. This bird is walking down the cement part of the driveway. They are getting more tolerant of people as they don’t always fly away when we come out the back door. Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500mm, 1/100 sec, Manfrotto tripod

Bar Harbor, Maine – December 22, 2006
There was a flock of pigeons along the sea wall in Bar Harbor. It struck me that I had never taken a photo of a Rock Pigeon. I picked out a couple to shoot. I really liked the colors on the second, but he was too lazy to show me his head. It was a sunny, but cold day.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

Carmel, Maine – December 21, 2006
Here are two more turkeys from the group, and back to the first turkey.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

Carmel, Maine – December 21, 2006
Getting close to a Wild Turkey is not an easy task. They spook very easily. Several mornings in a row a large group of turkeys were feeding in a field several hundred yards away across the road from my daughter’s house. I creeped up as close as I could.
Nikon P4, Nikon Fieldscope 82mm ED, 30x WA eyepiece, Manfrotto tripod

Theler Wetlands, Belfair Washington – December 2, 2006
This bird ran across my path and I took photos as fast as I could. It isn’t in the best of focus, but this is the first photo of a pheasant that I’ve taken. I don’t know much about game birds, but this must be a young male or female.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 300, Manfrotto tripod

Vaughn Bay, Washington – November 5, 2006
Several doves visit us at early morning and early evening. They sit in the tall fir trees or madrona and wait for me to put something out for them.

Vaughn Bay, Washington – October 21, 2006
Several Mourning Doves are regulars in my backyard. They are there very early in the morning and again in the evening. I throw out cracked corn and pigeon feed for them and they keep coming back. I guess they like what’s on the menu.They wait in nearby trees until I throw out the goodies.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge – October 13, 2006
I have several Mourning Doves visit my backyard every day. It was nice to see this bird out on the refuge in a tree. I usually see them on the ground gorging the cracked corn I throw out for them.