Saturday, August 05, 2006
More about Inca Doves
In mid-May we saw Inca Doves (Columbina Inca) in our patio for the first time (Backyard Visitors - Inca Dove). Two or three pairs now come in to feed on a regular basis. They hold their own very well with the larger White-winged and Mourning Doves that scramble for seed. They are sweet little birds with an interesting scaly-looking appearance produced by dark brown feather edging.If you click on the photo above to enlarge it, you can get a glimpse of rusty red under the dove's wing. When the doves fly, or if they're hassled, as in the photo below, they throw up their wings and you see a flash of this brilliant colour. I photographed these doves from about seventy feet away because I didn't want to frighten them. The area where they're foraging is in the shade of a tree and it's difficult to focus on, but I wanted to try to capture the rufous wings of the Inca Dove. The dove in the foreground is a White-winged Dove. The other two doves are Mourning Doves.