Catching the Red-Eye
Involves stealth and much patience
But mostly Dumb Luck!
Many pigeons visit my garden, scratch around in the grass, drink from the dog bowls and splash in the bird bath.
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!
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.