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Okay Here It Is


It was belly up, its tail on the left a wing at the bottom and its head is under the wing. When I first saw it I thought it was a dead bird that had somehow been beheaded…it was very much alive though.


This was the next photo I got…preening itself.


Then it was back with its mate exploring and searching for food. Beautiful Mourning Doves. I had never seen them sun like that before. I have seen them take dust baths and that is interesting too.


24 Replies to “Okay Here It Is”

  1. WOW I thought that was one deceased dove….
    I guess your Doves are VERY relaxed there! Hehehehe…. πŸ™‚
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen & **nose kissesss** Siddhartha Henry xxx

  2. It looked like a dead dove to me also Maggie!! Good grief! That is one relaxed dove πŸ˜‰
    So happy the Doves are well….
    (((hugs))) Sherri-Ellen & **nose kissesss** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

  3. You sure fooled me. That was a mystery. Thanks for showing the right side up version.

  4. Haha, like other comment, I still can’t match what it is to the image, either πŸ™‚ So what it looks like beak is actually a tail? Amazing how the dove managed to get in such position πŸ™‚ It was fun guessing what it was…and fun surprise to find out the answer!

    1. Yes, that is actually its tail. I was in awe at how contorted it was. I am glad you had fun with it. I did too, loved seeing all the guesses.

  5. What a transformation. We have lots of Mourning doves around my house but I’ve never saw anything like this. So awesome that you captured this amazing on camera.Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Have a great week Mags,
    Hugs, Julia

    1. I had never seen anything like it before either. I am glad I was able to get the photo. You are welcome and you have a great week also. Hugs

  6. An interesting blog. I can see how you were deceived as to it not being alive, but to witness the transformation.and back to finding its Mate – Amazing. Must have been sunbathing x x

    1. Thank you. There were a lot of doves out there but that was the only one sunbathing and all contorted like that. I was in awe when I saw it unfold itself and get up.

  7. Wow. I’ve never seen a mourning dove do that before! SO glad it was okay, and just having a nice sunbath. πŸ™‚

    Hugs to you, Pooh and Chancy, Mags!

  8. I would have never guessed. And we have dozens at the zoo but I have never seen them do that. That was fun. Do another. πŸ™‚

    1. Lots of them here too but that was a first for me and I am glad I was able to get a photo. I am glad you had fun. I really had fun reading all the guesses.

  9. So happy you have identified and given the backstory, Sis. What a great thing to witness and capture. πŸ™‚

    1. I was sad when I thought it was a dead bird but when I saw the dove get up I was in awe. I will never forget it. ❀

  10. Even after you show and explain, I can’t match what it IS to the first image !

    1. I couldn’t believe it was a dove either. I was pretty sure it was a bird though when I saw the wing. I was really surprised when the bird got up and I saw it was a dove. I watched the bird from the time it got up until it went back to its mate. Try to picture the dove in front in the last photo with its belly up in bright sunshine with some shadows.

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