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This spring we had a pair of Mourning Doves that raised 5 clutches of babies just outside our kitchen window. They grew so fast and although I always wanted to get pictures of them, it wasn't until their last clutch that we actually snapped some good ones. The pics you see here are about a week before the babies flew up to just a couple of days before they did. The daddy is the only adult male pictured. I got a few pics of the mama but, they were blurry to post. Daddy always had the day shift while the mama had night time. If you ever get a chance to read up on Mourning Doves you should. They are quite interesting creatures.

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Dadddy dove all fluffed up protecting his babies.


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Peekaboo! I see you!


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Daddy dove staring at me.


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Look closely and you will see the head of one baby and the tail of the other. About one week to takeoff.


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Dinner!


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Still eating


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Still eating. Yep, that has to be the female.


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Brother is patiently waiting.


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Feeding time again.


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Brother is already playing pranks and moons the camera.


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Brother gets a turn to eat.


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Daddy and babies


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Daddy feeds brother while sis tries a bit of wing stretching


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One of the babies spreading its wings. Two days to takeoff!


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More visible


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I am pretty sure the one on the left is female and the one on the right (laying down) is male.


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The one on the right is sleeping. Yep, gotta be a boy ;)