Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Turtle Dove - Holme Norfolk Widlife Trust

Shocked and amazed are words that spring to mind after I discovered a bird I've been dreaming about finding recently. Initially I was happy enough to find a Cuckoo calling and showing itself really well. Then a small dove popped up and I did think it was a small Collard Dove until I got the binoculars on it and could quite clearly see it was a Turtle Dove. I nearly shouted out, but there was no one around (it was early) and I'd have scared the bird. I was watching it for so long through the bins, that it took off before I could even think about lifting the camera. Never mind I thought. Lifers are worth just admiring and learning about them and their behaviour.
I then relocated it by accident about an hour later. This time I used the camera to enhance my memories of a stunning bird that travels a long way to get here.






17 comments:

  1. OMW that turtle dove occurs across the north/central part of Africa, from west to east. I will be sure to look out for it. You certainly managed to capture it well and I enjoyed sharing this sighting with you. Greetings from Jo (Tanzania, East Africa) PS which cuckoo called and you also spotted?

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  2. Great shots!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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  3. Oh so glad you found what you wishing to find ~ Turtledoves ~ gorgeous photos for OWT ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  4. Pretty colors on this Turtle dove. Congrats on your sighting!

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  5. Great bird, I know them from Africa but at my home area it is very rare.

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  6. Wow! Wonderful find and it was great it turned up a second time enabling you to get these great shots of it. I particularly like the 2nd shot of its back

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  7. Beautiful bird - well captured

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  8. Nice find. I haven't seen or heard one in Surrey for some years.

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  9. I love the excitement of spotting a new bird! It's even better when you get great shots, and these are terrific!

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  10. Wow! He's absolutely gorgeous!

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  11. Oh so softly beautiful! Hard to keep from shouting in joy I'm sure!

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  12. How wonderful! It's a very pretty dove.

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  13. Thanks for featuring this bird. Apparently we had a flock of these wild birds years ago in Tucson, AZ. Really nice birds.

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  14. Wonderful shots of this beautiful dove!

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  15. Beautiful shots of the dove. Nice patterns.

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