Recently I’ve been busy sorting out my photographs and adding them into iNaturalist. I didn’t look deeply into it before, but now it’s one of my favourite sites. Highly recommended if you like to find out about all the animals and plants around you. Today, I’m writing about the Zebra Doves at home and the recent nest.
Leaving an assortment of seeds on our lawn, our garden is frequented by Zebra Doves. Usually, you can see a flock of 10-15 of them, the record has been around 25. The area is very small, so it is impressive as it’s more than I have recorded around big parks such as Sirikit. Although, at the Public Relations park there’s often a large population of them.
In the past month we have had a Zebra Dove nest in one of our hedges and I documented their journey from egg to flying birds. I’m familiar with the process as I have witnessed their nests before at my old house and documented their fledglings. Usually, the nests aren’t so robust. This time they used a concrete wall below the hedge.
I hadn’t tuned into the routine of the mother to be able to photograph the eggs earlier, eventually I discovered she often left for food mid to late-morning. 4 days after the egg picture they had hatched.
On the 8th I watched them being fed, they were definitely ready to leave, as they were standing up. I thought they’d fledge earlier but I think the ledge in the hedge was a comfortable place for them.
They fledged the day after the previous photos, on the 9th of March. I observed one of the fledglings alongside the parent in the tree above the nesting location. The mystery was what happened to the 2nd chick. It was nowhere to be found.
I checked back in the late afternoon and it was a similar scene, but this time both parents were present. It was the first time I saw them both alongside the chick. Sadly, I don’t know what happened to the 2nd chick.
The next day, the chick had been venturing and exploring further. I first found it as it was making a flight onto the neighbour’s roof! It seemed to be a brave flier.
That ends the documentation from egg to flying, the missing fledgling is an example of difficulties in life. It is still a mystery how to just disappeared. It was sad thinking about what happened but you can’t change anything, you just have to accept it and move forwards.
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