Shortly after dawn I stepped outside my back door and beheld a sweet and beautiful sight.
Two mourning doves were perched on a tree limb very near the deck. They were preening and were totally absorbed with each other, to the point they didn't seem to notice my presence.
I silently took my phone in hand and started making pictures. Hoping for a closer shot, I moved in, fully expecting them to fly away. But surprisingly, they seemed to ignore me, which was a good thing for me.
|The birds perched on the lowest thin branch.|
|The birds can be seen a bit more clearly in this photo.|
|A little more daylight gives a better view of the doves.|
|This is obviously not the best photo of perching birds, but it was a special moment and I'm happy they didn't fly away when I got relatively near them.|
American Mourning Dove. The wings can make an unusual whistling sound upon take-off and landing. The bird is a strong fllier, capable of speeds up to 88 km/h (55 mph).
Mourning doves are quite abundant in this area. They are within the same family of the Turtle Doves, which we all are familiar with through the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Turtle Doves, also known as the European Turtle Dove is found throughout the continent and North Africa.
European Turtle Dove
I was pleased these "two turtle doves" decided to visit and bring much joy during the Christmas season.
From The Twelve Days of Christmas
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Two Turtle Doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.
Isn't this such a sweet picture?
|The Turtle Dove by Sophie Gengembre Anderson|
My day was quite hectic and there were challenges, but my morning started perfect with a viewing of the two doves. I think my planets have been out of alignment the past few days. I'm ready for them to shift!! (haha)
How was your day?