The Real Estate agent was right......this is the place to build our home.....! by Roy  Massicks

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The Real Estate agent was right......this is the place to build our home.....! by 


Re the title, unfortunately this was not to be ! These two Ring Necked African Doves came back two days running to view this flower basket.
Sadly, we found the remains of a Dove on the road, obviously the victim of a hit and run driver. We have seen a single Dove for about a week so guess this is the partner….! Life can be cruel sometimes – hence the black matt that I used in the description.

Location: My front garden at Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Panasonic, LUMIX – GH2 at 67mm, 1/4000, f/5.7, iso1250, manual.
Ftom a single RAW image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

  • Yukondick
    Yukondickalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot and love the title. You must have a fantastic group of birds

  • Thank you Dick – we do have quite a collection but unfortunately we lost one of this pair of Doves to a car !

    – Roy Massicks

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    A beautiful shot, well done Roy..

  • Many thanks John both for your kind comment and favourite. These birds certainly keep us occupied ! Sadly, one of these Doves was hit by a car and the other one looks very lonely !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Rita Blom
    Rita Blomalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful Roy ! Love that Splash of red again. A friend of mine had two Peaceful Doves take up residence in one of her hanging baskets. Very trusting!

  • Thank you for your lovely comments Rita. Unfortunately one of this pair was killed by a car and the other one looks rather lonely !

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 2 years ago

    perfect place l would think Roy xx

  • Thanks Lynn – yes, although they do tend to squash the flowers……lol ! Sadly one was killed by a car.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisalmost 2 years ago

    Very sweet! They look so contented in the hanging basket! :o)

  • Many thanks Marilyn – they never did build the nest, unfortunately one was killed by a car !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 2 years ago

    Aw what a sad tale. It would have been perfect too right next door to the famous Casa Roy bird restaurant.

  • Thank you kindly Colin both for your great comment and favourite. Reckon we could have had all the rest of the clan descend on us for the wake…..!

    – Roy Massicks

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 2 years ago

    Truly delightful capture and title Roy !! A fave for me :))

  • Many thanks Renee for your lovely comments and favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 2 years ago

    Oh Roy I just read the rest of the info . So sad for these beautiful, gentle birds.

  • Yes, it is sad – the remaining one wanders around looking lonely ! Hopefully, as there are thirty odd others hanging around it will find another mate.

    – Roy Massicks

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