Archive : dove

Oct 27 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 13 comments

Last October Days

07 End October 22

After the heat of yesterday and the windy morning, I finally ventured out into the garden to see what needed tending. Besides the blown-over trellis and the build-up of weed, I was amazed to see lots of new growth and happy flowers. I am amazed at how much a garden can really give you when you offer some love and care.  I treasure the surprises and the jump-for-joy moments, like the new [...]

Jan 19 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 14 comments

The Baby Doves in my shade garden

Getting in real close

This evening we were sitting on our back terrace, all our pets were out back with us and we were making a fair amount of usual family noise when I spotted out of the corner of my eye what seemed like two very small birds just perched on the Philodendron … just hanging out, seemingly undisturbed by my dogs and cat who were all being quite vocal. On the off-chance that the [...]

Jul 08 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 19 comments

Tree ID help

What tree is this?

I was lured out back today by endless chirping of birds and found, to my delight, that there is a new type of bird visiting my garden. Tiny little birds, hanging out and darting around on the huge Hibiscus. I tried to photograph them but they were too quick for me and once Dexter started running around and bringing me his ball to throw, they took off. The Dove however, not intimidated [...]

Feb 22 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 13 comments

Micro all grown up

Micro in food

Hi Chris, I wanted to send you the latest photos of Micro today. She is so confident and her flying skills have become better than your average bird. She can manouever herself  in and out of the kitchen and her favourite perch is above the hanging pots and also in the evening on the DVD player in the bedroom. She also has to inspect the supper plates every evening and taste everything [...]

Feb 01 2011 by in Christine's garden, Miscellaneous, | 5 comments

Close encounter with a Hadeda

I was taking a walk around my garden to see what I could photograph for a blog post - and it walked right up to me - a Hadeda lunching on my earthworms!

I was taking a walk around my garden to see what I could photograph for a blog post – and it walked right up to me – a Hadeda lunching on my earthworms! The amazing thing was that Hercules was walking with me and the Hadeda was completely unfazed by our very close presence and by being followed by us, me snapping away in the hope of getting at least one good [...]

Jan 23 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 1 comment

Photo shoot with Micro

Micro

We did some close up shots of Micro with my new Nikon D3100 and I am so amazed with the results. Hannes took these beautiful photos and you can just see these were taken by a pro!

Jan 23 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous | 1 comment

We can fly!

I can Fly!

Day 11 We flew today!! Micro amazed us with her natural ability to just take off and fly. I thought today was the day we could go outdoors and introduce her to the big world. She walked around but never took her eyes off me. She wanted to fly into my lap, but instead she took off and just went straight up – onto the roof’s gutter!! I think she was shocked [...]

Jan 22 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous | 2 comments

Micro is growing

Bby Dove Day 10

Day 10 :   These last three days Micro is showing signs of becoming a fully fledged dove, in fact a Lemon Dove (Columba larvata) AKA: Cinnamon Dove or Forest Dove – we known it as a lemoen duifie. She sits on my shoulder after I’ve fed her and we walk around the house together. She is testing her wings and her balance is improving. But she still gets tired quickly and after a while, her eyes [...]

Jan 19 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Baby Dove is doing well

Baby dove Day 7

Day 6 & 7 Micro, our little baby dove survivor, is part of the family now! She whistles in the morning like someone whistles for attention – so very cute. Hannes is making sure she gets all the flying practice in – we don’t want her to be prey for any larger birds when she launches into the big outdoor world. I have also tried introducing her to the chickens, but they [...]

Jan 17 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous | 2 comments

Baby Dove has a Name

Baby Dove Day 5

Day 5 Baby Dove has finally got a name. We decided to call her/him MICRO. It was a fitting name with all the photos taken through the Macro lens. It was taken with a medical Micro Nikkor 60mm f2.8. All the doctors use it in labs for very accurate photography – one of the sharpest lenses in the world. So, now you know why my photographs are so spectacular – it is to [...]

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