Photographic Essay: Bathing Together

If you’ve been following along of late, you’ll know that the local Spotted Doves have been working on a nest nextdoor.

I opened the door to step out onto the patio the other morning and just as I had the door half open, Tai Chi Pigeon came fluttering in under the gazebo roof and landed on a birdbath that is under the awning and against the fence.

Oh, I thought, I might get a bathing shot, and stepped back to get the camera, when I turned about, I thought my eyes were going on me, as I was sure I was seeing double. Then I adjusted and I had both Doves in the bird bath.

Pictures tell a thousand words,


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

A Brief Interlude of Home Building with Tai Chi Pigeon

For a number of reasons, I was stuck at home today. And Tai Chi Spotted Turtle-dove (to give her correct name), came to visit.

I learn so much about my Tai Chi practice from this bird whose sense of balance, harmony, and zoning out, always seem to give me something new to contemplate.

But today, TC was not just visiting.  In the small bush beyond the fence, she has designs in mind.
And as I watched out the kitchen window waiting for the kettle to bring a cuppa to boil, she arrived with first one small twig, then another, then another of increasing size.  By this time the kettle was busily looking after itself, as I’d slipped into the workroom, grabbed the V3 and the 300mm PF and TC 1.4, I’d been playing with earlier.

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