August 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment
I have always had a fascination with doves. When I was young, I rarely saw them but, when I did, I was mesmerized by them. I've never been able to pin the reason why, but they have always been special. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that a family of doves had taken up residence in a tree behind our house a few years ago. They have done well and I have watched the family grow. (aka- they are everywhere now) I can look out my window at any given time and be willing to bet money that I will see one.
A few days ago, I looked out and saw a peculiar looking dove. He looked smaller and there was something odd about his beak. At first I was perplexed but then realized, in all this time, and throughout the ever growing population of doves, I have never seen a baby. Could it be? I grabbed my camera and followed the youngster as he hopped along the fence. I fired off a few shots before he returned to the dense tree (where I am convinced they secretly hide their army of young'uns, hence the reason I have never seen one).
As I pondered my discovery over the next few days (seriously... this was a big deal to me) I kept an eye out for my new little friend. It was like magic when I happened to witness, not only the reappearance of the baby dove, but also his doting mama. That is also when I realized how loud and demanding (and human child like) juvenile doves can be. No different that other birds, you see... but I think, maybe, I expected actions that were a little more... angelic?? Peaceful?? Not exactly. He squawked and beat his wings in a ridiculous manner until mama moved in and he rammed his beak into her mouth and enjoyed whatever bird yumminess she had to offer. The scene repeated itself a few times as I watched this loving mother tend to her baby. I stayed until, either he was satisfied or she had just plain had enough of his little birdie tantrum and they flew off.
Being a lover of both animals and nature, I was drawn into their exchange. It warmed my heart and feel honored that I was able to see it. The added bonus that I got to capture a few, completely amazing moments validates the passion I have for what I do.
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