It’s a portrait of a 3 week old male baby mourning dove ~ he’s really only about 7 inches tall and was perched on the fence for a while this morning so I went out to visit with him. The entire family allows me to visit within a foot of them because they’ve seen me so often and heard me talking to them. He’s looking pretty scrawny still, and I’ve posted a photo of his mom as a reminder of what he will look like when he’s grown out of this “tween” stage. He was so anxious to leave the nest and I kind of felt like he left a day or two too early. From watching birds for so long, I know they have a tough life, always needing to look out for predators. I’m hoping this little one will come back again for a bit each day so that I can see how he’s doing. I haven’t seen the little female dove at all. All anyone can do is hope for the best for these precious little lives.
Can you even believe the puffed up little baby dove perched on the edge of the nesting box in the first two photos? It’s going to be any day, any minute now! Good luck little babies…and I’m so glad I was able to get some “family portraits” before this sweet story comes to a close.
About 9 days old now…and they’re supposed to be ready to fly at about 14 days, so we’ll have about 5 days more with them before they’re ready to leave the nest. 🙂
Such a beautiful flower, giving all of its light and life in a single day.