Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Love the Eye Shadow, Dahling


Our Mourning Doves love to sit on top of a feeder right outside our kitchen window. It gives me a wonderful opportunity to study their detailed markings up close.

My favorite marking? The bright blue ring around their eyes. It reminds me of the weird giant Barbie head I had when I was younger. She came with this hideous blue eye shadow that my sister and I used to cake on her eyes (and ours).

The Mourning Dove is much better at applying her, or his, eye shadow. It's this beautiful bright blue, almost turquoise, circle that brings out the rosiness of the bird's head and neck feathers. The bird has obviously gone to cosmetology school...


Linking up with Stewart and a group of other awesome bird bloggers for Wild Bird Wednesday. Check them out.


36 comments:

  1. I read that blue eye shadow is in this spring. The Mourning Dove is right in style. Beautiful image!

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    1. LOL! And usually Minnesota is so far behind the trends... ;-)

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  2. Oh wow, how cute! Awesome closeup of the Dove!

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  3. That's so funny. We have both Mourning and Zenaida doves here; the Zenaida is the Caribbean smaller version of the Mourning. They are basically the same, with that lovely "eye shadow".:-)

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    1. Cool! Who knew that it was such a popular color amongst our feathered friends...

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  4. Nice capture of the Mourning Dove! It's a good reminder that we sometimes forget to appreciate what's right in front of us.

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    1. Thanks, Larry. I think that's one of the wondrous things about wildlife of all types - every creature has such amazing detail if you look closely.

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  5. Very nice! I was just watching our Mourning Doves at the feeder and marveling at the iridescence brought out by the morning sun.

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    1. I love their iridescence too, Wally. For being commonly thought of as "drab" birds, they're anything but if you look closely :-)

      Enjoy your birds! (and thanks for visiting my blog)

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  6. Great close up!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. Nice bird, I like the Turtle Dove's we have here.

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  8. Beautiful closeup of one of the sweetest birds to visit my own feeders!
    For lovely little doves blue eye shadow definitely doesn't go out of style.
    Reminds me of Mimi on the old Drew Carey show years ago. :)

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    1. Carletta, that's a great association! I fear I'll think of every one I see now as Mimi... :-D Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  9. Hi,
    Wasn't sure where your e-mail was but my post on EBCA was an April Fool's joke. Nobody has clicked on the link so far that gives it away..-Larry

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    1. LOL, Larry! It's quite well-written. If I would've read it on the 1st I probably would've thought more about it, but as is I was just like "Hmmmm... something to look into."

      HA - shared it out today via Twitter... hope you get a lot of hits!

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  10. Lovely close up, wonderful relaxed expression too

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  11. Never seen anything like this! I was almost convinced that all birds have some kind of red, instead of these amazing turquoise colors. A brilliant close up picture!

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    1. Thanks for the interesting insight and for visiting my blog, Grønn!

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  12. It's a wonderful photo of the dove! Such sharp detail. Lovely blue eye ring, that's for sure!

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  13. Nice picture - love the colour around the eye.

    Link working properly! See you next week?

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  14. It's so easy to overlook Mourning Doves, but they *are* beautiful birds.. I never noticed their "eye shafow" Thsnks!

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    1. They really are when you look close, aren't they Cindy? Hope you're doing well!

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  15. Hi there (again) - its annoying how work can get in the way of important things!

    See you next week, and enjoy the other posts.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: have you had a look at my other blog - I think (hope?) you may like it. Use the "My other blog" tab to get there.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Stewart. And yes, I've been literally drooling over the photos in your other blog. Must be because I'm a Pisces ;-)

      So glad to have "met" you through this wonderful network of bloggers!

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  16. Oh she's beautiful, (it must be a she!). Lovely portrait.

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  17. Hi there - thanks for the comments and pointers towards Goodreads - I'll look it up.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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