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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Spotti

Spotted Turtle Dove
I was playing with the dogs out in the yard this afternoon and the sun was low in the sky when in flew our little spotted turtle dove.

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.

Spotted Turtle Dove

She was still there when it was time to feed the doggies.

Spotted Turtle Dove

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?

16 comments:

  1. How lovely to have your very own dove! I love that the nest is so close.

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    1. I do hope they keep returning.

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  2. It's a lovely looking Dove. So pleased you get to see it in your garden.

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    1. They are certainly prettier then the feral pigeons.

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  3. She is beautiful, we too have collared doves nesting in our garden, they are so beautiful. #AnimalTales

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    1. It's such a treat when they make their home in your yard.

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  4. we used to have a pigeon that would visit us most days for almost a year

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    1. How wonderful to have it visit so regularly.

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  5. It's like she/he's wearing a very chic spotty scarf! A lovely visitor :)

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  6. She's a beauty! Thank you for sharing her with us. I don't think we have any special visitors to our garden - although the muscadine vines are alive with tiny bird - common sparrows - who make their nests deep in the foliage. I can hear them but very rarely do I get to catch a glimpse of them.

    Thank you for joining us for Photo Friday again this week!

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    1. Those little birds are so elusive aren't they? They move so fast, but at least their twitters are lovely to listen to even if we don't get to snap them.

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  7. My daughter has 'her' pigeon. It's one of the crowd that live under a nearby railway bridge but it is very distinctive in colour (brown instead of the usual grey) so she always spots it. I quite like pigeons when they aren;t trying to eat the bird seed I put out for smaller birds. I like their calls.

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    1. It sounds like it might be a crossbreed. How awesome she gets to build a love for birds so early. Doves do have such a pretty song don't they?

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  8. I do love seeing your different antipodean birds - we do have turtle doves here but they don't look the same. Thank you for adding Spotti to #AnimalTales

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    1. I'd love to see what your turtle doves look like.

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