White-winged Dove And Saguaro
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The other day I posted a couple of images of a Saguaro in bloom. I said then that Saguaros’ blossoming is coincident with the end of spring. The ripening of Saguaro fruit a few weeks after the blooms have faded symbolizes the arrival of foresummer, the hottest time of year in southern Arizona.
Saguaros bear fruit in June. The fruit is brilliant red and delicious. All sorts of confections are made from this fruit, from candies to pancake syrup. The local Indian tribe, the Tohono O’odham, devotes June to harvesting Saguaro fruit.
As with the flowers the fruit support all sorts of wildlife. White-winged Doves are attracted to Saguaro fruits. The image of a White-winged Dove feasting on Saguaro fruit is another one of those iconic symbols of our local desert.
A lot of people around here claim to dislike White-winged Doves. They are dismissed as being messy birds. It is true that a few of these birds can foul a swimming pool deck or a backyard patio in no time flat. Still, I find them to be beautiful and an important element of our landscape.
These doves may look a bit drab at a distance but that isn’t so when one views one close up. Then, the dove’s beautiful burnt orange, blue-rimmed eyes are apparent. So also is the thin veneer of gold feathers on the bird’s neck
Images made with a Canon 5Div, 100-400mm ISII zoom lens, aperture priority setting, ISO 500, f6.3. The first image was shot at 1/3200. The second was shot at 1/2500.