Up Close & Personal … Gentle Mourning Doves

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This faithful pair of mourning doves has been visiting us for years during spring and summer. They usually fly in, waddle over to where the bird feeders are, in hopes of finding some morsels other birds might have dropped. After that, they always head over to the sunniest spot in the yard where they then hang out together. As long as I move slowly, and pretend not to be a human, they seem okay with me approaching them. Holding the camera directly in front of my face seems to help disguise me! πŸ˜‰

They’re quite striking with their blue eye rings and rump feathers.
I just hope one day they’ll bring a baby or two!

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My passions in life are vegetarian cooking, gardening, photography, writing, good books, traveling and nature. Thanks for stopping by, Sabine

14 thoughts on “Up Close & Personal … Gentle Mourning Doves”

  1. Such great shots of very shy birds. I love listening to them coo and that they are always close to each other. You tickled me with using the camera to hide being human. Seems to be working for you or maybe they just know how much you care about them.

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    • Good morning Marlene! They don’t visit nearly as often during the winter and I miss them. I will send you an email in a bit! We’ve had quite the night and then the some! πŸ˜‚ Renovating is stressful!

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  2. Such beautiful, gentle creatures. We have a lot of them in our neighborhood and yard. Their sound is so soothing and peaceful. Great photos! Have a fabulous week, Sabine!

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  3. Their gentle cooing and timid ways always have endeared me to Mourning Doves. Your pictures are beautiful Sabine. I never took any pictures of the Mourning Doves in the neighborhood, but I must share this post with you. My next-door neighbor, who has since passed away since this post was written, found a pair of Mourning Doves hanging around her back deck. She had a big door wall so could easily watch them. One day she noticed the female was sitting on two eggs. Marge could see the eggs under her body. She researched to find the incubation period, etc. The female had used an old oblong mesh flower planter. Marge took pictures before and after and in this post you will see the mom sitting on the eggs, the straggly looking baby and then the baby up on the mesh basket just before it fledge. Marge was sorry to see them gone as they’d been a source of joy to her – she had advanced COPD and was tethered to her oxygen tank 100% of the time, so she rarely left the house and they were just a breath of fresh air in her life. https://lindaschaubblog.net/2017/05/02/tuesday-musings-24/

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