Thursday, 14 May 2015
I call her 'our' turtle dove because we had one nest in our mulberry tree a while back (although it could be a he and it could be a different dove altogether).
She is a little shy and doesn't often visit when the dogs are in the back yard, if I'm in the back yard the dogs are there with me, so it's a real treat to see her.
Spotti (she is a spotted turtle dove so I thought Spotti was a suitable name) was catching a sun beam on the aerial looking as pretty as a picture in the golden hour light.
I was busy throwing the ball for Freki so I just sat there enjoying Spotti's company expecting her to fly away in a moment.
When ball play had finished and she was still there I decided I would go and get the camera after all. Deciding to go and get the camera usually means the subject makes a get away before I can come back to shoot them.
I snapped a few shots, then remembered to switch to Time Value and snapped a few more. Spotti watched patiently so I risked moving in closer.
That unnerved her a little and she turned around ready to fly away if I made any sudden moves.
She was still there when it was time to feed the doggies.
I hope Spotti comes back to visit again. She is a such a petite little thing and sings the prettiest cooing songs.
Do you have special garden visitors?