I remember back years ago when I tried hunting doves. Hitting these fast flying lightweights with a shotgun was no easy task.
While photographing feeder birds this week the doves began landing nearby. Always ready for a new photographic challange I began trying to capture them on the wing as they arrived.
This dove came in fast making a U turn then folding its wings as it plopped down in the meadow to begin feeding. I thought hitting doves with a shotgun was difficult back in the day; it was nothing compared with trying to keep them in the viewfinder, maintain focus and capture a decent image.
These images do not measure up to the quality I normally post here at Country Captures but considering the difficulty of the subject I felt it fitting to share what I have accomplished to date. Getting a truly good image of a dove landing or taking flight remains an unrealized goal.
It's never easy to keep a flying bird in the viewfinder. You still managed a couple of pretty cool shots!
You did well getting focus against that background at all.
I recently had fun with a flock of Cape Barren geese and I am glad no-one was there to hear the language!
I think you did just fine. Besides their obvious beauty, a mourning dove's call or song -- is a joy to hear in springtime.
Well done Coy... This is very difficult to do!
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