Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
These Spotted Doves are daily visitors to my garden, but getting a good photo of them has been difficult. They are quite shy, so if they see me moving about, they immediately fly away. Sitting quietly in one spot does not help much, either, because when they do land, they often hunker into a bush, where they are obscured. When they alight on a tree branch or other open perch, they remain just for a moment, rarely staying still long enough for me to focus the camera lens.
I finally managed to capture this image of not one, but two at once, when this pair perched on the nearly bare branch of one of our Royal Poinciana trees. The birds are not as well lit as I would have liked, but I felt a small sense of victory at having been able to photograph them at all!
In case you missed it, here is a photo I took last Spring of a Spotted Dove coming in for a landing.