Photographic Essay: Tradies

I was getting breakfast the other morning when some movement on the fence outside caught my attention.

Tai Chi Pigeon,(Spotted Dove) and her mate were carrying sticks over the fence to build a nice new nursery under the gazebo of the house next door.

In the time it took me to boil the kettle, between them they had made 6 trips for building materials.

And so it went on for quite awhile.

In the end, EE and I went for our morning “Exercise”, and the sun came out. More on that walk another time.

When we arrived home, Tai Chi and its mate had done their day’s work, and were tucked up against the backdoor enjoying a well earned rest in the sunshine.

Photobombed by a passing Blackbird

6 thoughts on “Photographic Essay: Tradies

  1. Lovely to see them building a nest! A wonderful image with the wing wave happening!
    Sorry to hear about the Magpie chicks, again. It has been so windy! Dad Tawny was hanging on tight today.

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    1. G,day,
      It’s not like we are down to our last 200,000 Spotted Dove 🙂 But at least its happening in my neighbourhood. 🙂

      The maggie nest was high in a young tree, and pretty well protected all round, so it must have been a huge gust to spill them out. They were probably only a few days from fledging, which makes it just that little bit more tragic. No doubt the parents will regroup and have another go.
      One of our local Lapwings has flown her two, and this morning was back head in the grass making a second clutch. They are pretty lucky as they share the paddock with two rather large goats, so they are unlikely to be disturbed.


  2. Another interesting family study in the making David. We don’t see the Spotted Turtle-dove around our parts much. It is great how provision has been made for you to follow their progress at home. Do hope things start to get better for you soon. We are concerned , like many, that opening the borders for these school holidays may spike a new wave here. So many continue to not take it seriously and are acting as if it is all over, it is scary. We are so glad we got away before the school holidays. We saw so many different styles of nests while on our birding tour, and marveled at the design and accuracy of the work, and how they know instinctively how to build. The perfect curvature of the mud nests is astounding.

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  3. Hello Ashley, the pair have been in our area for several years, and regularly use our small backyard to preen and sometimes shelter from heavy rain or strong wind. They are moderately tolerant of my presence in ‘their’ yard.
    On good days when I do Tai Chi under the patio, one of them will sit on the fence, and do wing stretches and othe bobbing exercises, makes me laugh.
    We have several Magpie-lark nests on the go, and I’ll probably put some up next week.

    It’s funny you should mention the way the borders may open and the percieved risks involved.
    We have mapped out our individual plans, and will do the best to follow them, I want to be part of the solution, not add to the problem.
    However human nature seems to know no end of the way to get around for their own satisfaction, that is the scary part I think.


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