A Good Home, Doves and Babies

Back to the Birdies

PHOTOS BY HAMLIN GRANGE

A parent dove sees everything.

Including us, spying on him as he sits on the nest. 

(Dove mothers sit on the nest at night, fathers during the day. )

Blog Photo - Dove looks back

Hamlin set up his camera and tripod just inside the window. Timing was everything.  He said, one day:

“Do you know how long I sat there, waiting for feeding time?  And that bird wouldn’t do anything.

“I was precariously perched and couldn’t move, just in case I scared him off.

“We basically waited each other out, I guess: he got tired of waiting and started feeding them.”

Blog Photo - Dove parent feeds growing offspring

The babies’ feathers were looking ready, but their heads still looked fuzzy and not quite ready for nest-leaving.

Blog Photo - Dove babies getting their feathers

So we relaxed a little, thinking we had a couple more days before they left us.

Blog Photo - Dove Baby under Parent

But in the picture below, the father must have been giving them the crucial pep talk… 

Blog Photo - Dove Parent and Babies

… because when we weren’t looking, parents and young ones flew away. We were all quite bereft — Hamlin perhaps most of all.

“They didn’t even say goodbye,” he joked, trying to mask his feelings, I’m sure.

We eventually had to face the fact that the bond of affection was entirely one-sided, and that doves, it seems, will nest wherever they feel safe.

Blog Photo - Dove in Nursery sign

For proof, Hamlin offers these two photos, taken in a local plant nursery.

Blog Photo - Dove in Flower Pot in Plant Nursery

But it was fun while it lasted, and we were glad to have provided safe lodging for “our” birdies.

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