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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Squabs


On the 17th of September I took some shots of the nesting laughing dove we thought might be sitting on eggs. Ten days later we got to see an eyeball peak out over the edge of the nest for the first time.



2 days after that on the 29th the little squab was sitting up a bit while the parents were out and I did my best to get a clear shot through the foliage.

I snapped a few quick shots but didn't want to scare the parents off by being too nosey at this critical stage. It was nearly impossible to get the angles right and the above photo is the best of a disappointing bunch.


By the 2nd of October they were becoming far more curious about the world around them, the parents were away and the sun was shining. I was determined to get some real shots to share with you.






The parents weren't that far away though. A close eye was being kept on the nosey photographer.


A day later and they had flown the nest. Today the dove's are back for in the nest preparing for round 2 of squab raising.


7 comments:

  1. What beautiful birds - and great photos.

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  2. Such lovely photos, it is like a little insight into their private lives.

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  3. Great photos, you get amazing detail and so close up

    Thank you for linking up

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  4. I almost hate to ask this, Stella. Do people eat them? We eat squabs, I just don't know if the word has the same meaning here.

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    1. According to wikipedia: 'In culinary terminology, squab is a young domestic pigeon, typically under four weeks old, or its meat. The meat is widely described as tasting like dark chicken.'

      I would assume that pigeon destined for the food table are appropriately farmed in sustainable ways.

      These are young laughing doves and although the term dove and pigeon are often used interchangeably they are different. They both belong to the same family, Columbidae of which there are over 300 species. The young of the Coumbidae family are called squabs.

      This particular species would not be found on your dinner table.

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  5. Great photos, I love how the photos are slightly obscured, it really adds depth to the shot #MySundayPhoto

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