After I published my article titled Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island – The Birds earlier this week I realized I didn’t include any images of the doves found on the island so today I thought I would post a Mourning Dove.

Mourning Dove stretching

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) stretching  Antelope Island State Park, Utah
Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/750, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Mourning Doves are the most widespread and abundant member of its family in North America. They are medium sized doves with small heads, thin dark bills, blue eye rings and pink legs and toes. Their call is a soft hoO-Oo-oo hoo-hoo-hoo and sometimes people mistake that sound for an owl.

Right after I spotted this Mourning Dove resting on a rock in the warmth of sunrise it began to stretch and gave me a great series of images of the action.