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My name is H.J. Ruiz, Photography has been my passion since I can remember. This blog is a non-profit way to contribute a bit of knowledge about birds of the world. Photographs are my Copyright. Please do not download any photos without my written permission. Your comments are welcome.

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What’s Up?

We are going through a Summer with high temperatures and high humidity. A week like that ends and it follows a week of daily rains and storms.

It is annoying but we just have to adjust to the new climate patterns.

Birds are also changing their own ways in order to not get affected by the drastic temperatures. For example… At the beginning of Summer I saw Hummingbirds coming to drink nectar and… simply vanished from my backyard. I thought there was a problem with the nectar, got new one and replaced it, still didn’t make a difference, still did not see the hummingbirds. Although I saw the nectar decrease in quantity, I thought it might have been evaporating due to the heat. Then one day I saw the Hummingbird at a late time, it was almost dark, when the sun sets. As you can see, they adjust too!

I’ve seen several birds already began the process of molting. This process makes the birds not look at their best. I’ll publish only a few for samples.


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My Visitor: Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove


The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is a member of the dove family, Columbidae. The bird is also known as the American mourning dove or the rain dove, and erroneously as the turtle dove, and was once known as the Carolina pigeon or Carolina turtledove. It is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds. It is also a leading gamebird, with more than 20 million birds (up to 70 million in some years) shot annually in the U.S., both for sport and for meat. Its ability to sustain its population under such pressure is due to its prolific breeding; in warm areas, one pair may raise up to six broods of two young each in a single year. The wings make an unusual whistling sound upon take-off and landing, a form of sound. The bird is a strong flier, capable of speeds up to 88 km/h (55 mph).


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