The white doves are Barbary Doves, commonly called Ring Necked Doves in our corner of the world. We've heard them called 'Collar Doves' in England.
They are sociable, gentle, curious and friendly and we love having them in our garden.
Malay Spotted Doves . At our place we call them "Brownies" for short. These gentle, nervous, creatures are so pretty. Unlike the Barbary Doves, who'll eat anywhere that the food is laid out, the "Brownies" seem to strictly be ground feeders so I always throw a scoopful of food on the lawn for them.
When we first moved into our property it seemed that, for the first four December/January periods, someone was setting out to poison these lovely birds. We'd find them dead on the deck, or on the driveway, on the lawn, on the path, in the garden. One year a mother and half grown baby died within two hours of one another, in front of our eyes. The mother had crawled into our shed and the baby sat beside her while mother suffered huge spasms and died. Then two hours later the same thing happened to the baby. What had grown to be a population of about fifteen doves, during each year, was cut back to about three doves in the new year..
This past December/January it seemed that no Brownie Doves were poisoned. They carried on happily into the new year and at the moment we have about twenty of them coming in for the feeding frenzy, morning and night. In between times they either lie on the lawn and sun their wings, or disappear into the trees. They are peaceful, pretty, birds and we love having them around.
On a sad note, the two monarch caterpillars I took into the house last week, died. Both were already very sluggish when I took them inside and after only 2 days they succumbed.
On a positive note, the chrysalis carries on well and, guess what? Yesterday I found at least four caterpillars happily munching on our outdoor swan plants and one is quite large.
The wasps had a field day on these swan plants during Summer and we had no caterpillars on the plants, whatsoever. Now it seems the wasps have cleared off and a few late-in-the-season caterpillars are growing happily.
Isn't it nice to know that Nature still has some positive surprises up her sleeve?