At one time, my home-office had a window A/C unit. It was a pain to install so to be safe a cage was added. When the window A/C was replaced by a wall unit, the cage became disused so one day I put the birdhouse there in hope some small birds would move in. Instead, a pair of turtle doves started building a nest next to it. The next few weeks I learned a lot more about turtle doves.
|Both male and female turtle doves share hatching duty so it was not easy to tell which one is which.|
|Most of the time a bird would be atop the nest but one time I happened to be near the window and witnessed the changing of the hatching guard.|
|Close-up of a parent dove hatching the eggs.|
|One of the rare moments I witnessed a parent bird arriving to relieve the other.|
|About fifteen days after the first egg was laid, a chick came out. I saw a parent bird open its beak for the new bird to poke inside to eat the regurgitated food.|