Richard Smart - Nature Photography


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      Collared Dove




I like these birds and they nest in the garden.  Once I chopped down a tree only to find a pair of chicks (nearly fledged) in a nest.  The nest fell apart so I put it in a basket and stuffed it in the tree next to where the other had been.  I put the chicks in the nest and left the parents to find them.  The parents were quite wary but after about a day started to visit the nest and feed the youngsters.  Good news - they flew away normally after a few more days.