Dove on Saguaro
This Western White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica mearnsii) of the Sonoran Desert looks as if he is waiting for the saguaro cactus buds to open so he can he feed on the pollen and nectar within. After that, he will turn to the seeds and fruit for sustenance. Since this capture was in early June, he doesn’t have long to wait. Due to the shortage of bees, it’s up to the Western White-winged Dove to be a primary pollinator for the saguaro cactus.
Nikon N90S SLR, Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, exposure not recorded, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software.