Sunday, 29 September 2013
It was a really beautiful day, the sort of day I feel should always mark this very important Saints Day.
The sun was too warm and inviting to ignore so I set about cutting back some of the Hibiscus and Buddleia (avoiding that which was still blooming).
I became aware after a few minutes that there was a collared dove sitting a couple of feet from me on a Buddleia stump, quietly eyeing my activities without fear or any apparent desire to fly. So I went back into the house and collected my camera, sure that he would take off in a panic.
To my amazement he just sat there and let me get quite close before closing his eyes and settling down for a snooze.
When I had had enough and needed my coffee - around 1.30pm - he was still sitting there but flew off as I shut the back door.
The picture is not all that good but it is possible to see that my Michaelmas visitor was very relaxed.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 5:08:00 pm