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Sitting the nest by JulianasGrandma Sitting the nest by JulianasGrandma
This dove made her nest in the cactus right outside my office window. It was not very smart of her since that gets the sun from early morning to late afternoon. Our temp. is 113 degrees today and it is very, very hot. I guess I'm not so smart either since I made my office in the hottest room in the house:laughing: I worry about this bird being too hot and my husband says they know what they are doing, I sure hope so. I did put some water under the tree for her. You would think she would have built her next in the tree. Last summer one built her nest out back right in the sun, go figure.
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ouch! Not only the heat but the thorns!!! We can only trust them that they know better than we do huh?
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Yes that is right, but where she is sitting there are no thorns. For some reason that part the thorns died so it was perfect for her:)
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A very safe spot then. The animals and plants are wiser than we humans I believe :hug:
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Yes, I agree:)
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
:) I think the sun is good for the incubation of her eggs,but ouch I can't imagine nesting on a cactus!!
Great capture!!
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
I think she felt safe there because other animals could not get to her and the top of the cactus was kind of dead so it wasn't sharp.:)
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
:) :nod:Smart little lady!!
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
She sure was:)
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
:)
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh that's neat, what a great shot! I guess, if she does get too hot she'll move... :aww:
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
She never did move until just this morning and that is because the chicks are old enough to fly the nest:)
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ManitouWolf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Maybe she has to incubate less, due to the heat? I am surprised she made it out in the open.
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
I think you are right because the chicks are here. I'm sure she feels safe on top of a cactus since the only thing other than humans that can get to her is another bird. There are several birds in near by tree that are watching out for her.
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mim304 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Photographer
Wow! that's amazing! I was going to say what one of your other viewers already has mentioned, that maybe the sun acts as some type of incubator for her or something, but, at that temperature, makes you wonder about things like what you said, with the eggs actually "cooking!" I'm sure your husband is right, though. They must know what they are doing. :confused: :?: :nod:
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Well the chicks are here and seem to be doing okay so I guess I worried for nothing. I will try to get some photos of them when she leaves the nest later today. I take them from my office window so I don't scare them:)
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mim304 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   Photographer
Glad they are here!! Just had a look at your shot of them...great job! :nod:
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Thank you for your kind comment of Sitting the nest:)
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mim304 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   Photographer
You're welcome! :hug:
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
:hug:
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kram666 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
:weed::weed::peace::weed::weed::peace::weed::weed:

nice photo :-)

To learn how to use your head, you have to go out of your mind.
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
You are very welcome:)
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RH-Photoworld Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Ouch!!!! LOL
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
It is a good choice because nothing can get to her except another bird, but it is in a spot where the sun hits most of the day and with the temps at 113 degrees I feel so sorry for her. The chicks have arrived but I can't see how many, I'll try to get a photo from my office window so I don't scare them:)
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RH-Photoworld Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Look forward to them if you can get some.
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
As you know I could only get the one, put at least I got that:)
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RH-Photoworld Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Sometimes one is all it takes.
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Yes, that is right:)
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kurios-kat Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
smart bird - house with (spiky) protection.
I've been researching bird friendly gardens and they recommend putting in a couple of spiny plants next to feeding stations for protection from cats etc. Good point! (oops, unintentional pun there) :giggle:
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Using the cactus is a good idea it's just that it sits in the front of my house where the sun hits most of the day and our temps. have been up around 113 degrees. She does already have her chicks, I noticed them this morning. I got one half way decent photo but will try again late in the day when she leaves her nest. I take them from my office window so they don't think I am a danger to them. I like your pun. :laughing:
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Brian-B-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Maybe it warms the eggs faster and she doesn't need to stay as long
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Yes, I was thinking the same thing, but with it being so hot I hope it doesn't cook the eggs:laughing: I hope I can get a couple of shots of the babies, last time we went away for a few days and when we came back it was all over and she along with the babies were gone.
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Brian-B-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
A duck hatched a nest of 6 just outside my bosses window last week and when I suggested that we try and shadee the nest or bring out a dish of water,she said Nature knows what it's doing,we're usually better off not interfereing

Nice shot
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Yes, they know what they are doing plus there are other birds in a near by tree to protect her. If you get too close they fly out to let you know they are there. She had her chicks this morning and I am hoping to get a couple of photos when she leaves the nest later tonight. I will take them from my office window so as not to be a threat to them. We'll see if I have any luck.
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rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nice shot Mom!
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Thanks Rick:hug:
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rjcarroll Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yup! :hug:
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