Peaceful (Zebra) Dove: 4. Fledging

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“This is the 4th Update on the nesting Peaceful (Zebra) Doves with the current observation period = 26/02/2012 – 11/03/2012.

“The links to the earlier three parts can be seen HERE, HERE and HERE.

“The chicks fledged on 26/02/2012. The older one at lunch 12-1pm and the younger one in the evening 6-7pm. The image above (left) shows the elder sibling enjoying freedom with a parent. To encourage the younger one to leave the nest the parent stayed in a nearby tree and called out very frequently (heard them much of the afternoon). They also paid very few visits to the nest and left it alone, looking rather forlorn (above right).

“The above images are of the fledged elder sibling. It took 12 days from hatching to fledging.

“Since that day they have been harder to spot in the garden but see them intermittently. Even two days ago (09/03/2012) the juveniles were still seen begging for food from parents.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS & Datin Dr Lim Swee-Im
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

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