Catching the Red-Eye

Red-Eyed Dove 1

Haiku 243

Catching the Red-Eye

Involves stealth and much patience

But mostly Dumb Luck!

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Many pigeons visit my garden, scratch around in the grass, drink from the dog bowls and splash in the bird bath.

Red-Eyed Dove 2 – Photo page 197 of Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa

Most are either the small Cape Laughing Dove, (25 cm) Number 4 in photo above, or the larger Cape Turtle Dove (28 cm) Number 3 above.

One day here was this giant, quite unique and bigger than all the rest (33 – 36 cm) Number 2 in above photo.

He is a Red-Eyed Dove, the largest of the ring-necked doves, with a thicker black neck band and a very prominent Red Eye!

Red-Eyed Dove 3

Conveniently, he posed on top of the tree trunk and I was lucky enough to snap a quick photo. He even caught the morning sunlight on his face for a perfect portrait!

 

post script: I’d heard the expression, “Catching the Red Eye”, probably in American movies! It refers to a late night flight that arrives early the next morning.

 

21 thoughts on “Catching the Red-Eye

    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      I like to identify the birds in my garden – and share the info for whoever might be interested, so thank you for being so. πŸ˜€

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  1. long4h2o

    I wonder how many of the best moments of our lives are unplanned and grace filled. One still has to show up and be present to the moment as it happens. But, if you happen to have a camera all the better. Beautiful capture and thanks for sharing.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      You’re right. You have to be open to the world around you. I was sitting in my garden, and I always have my little camera with me, just for these unexpected moments. πŸ™‚
      And Thank you πŸ™‚

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  2. Murphy's Law

    Wow! What an incredible shot you captured. Just beautiful. The Cape Laughing Dove is gorgeous. Maybe that’s why they laugh…..so happy to be so gorgeous! πŸ€—

    Terrific Haiku!
    Ginger

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      Yes, while I do like this big guy, as he is a loner and rare visitor to my garden, my favourite are the Laughing Doves. πŸ™‚

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  3. ladysighs

    It really is a lovely shot. The green leaves for backdrop bring out the gray. And the spotlight…just perfect.
    I never have luck. Dumb or otherwise. πŸ˜‰

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      I’m usually very aware of the background, but sometimes you just have to shoot from the hip and hope for the best! πŸ˜€

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        I read in my youth, that you don’t regret what you did, only what you didn’t do. So, I always try to do – unless it’s robbing a bank! πŸ˜€

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