05 October 2011
October Bird of the Month
The Common Emerald Dove, locally called Batu-batong Sílî. By its name alone, it is not some endangered bird or an unusual migrant but it is beautifully-colored nonetheless. And it is such a pleasure to discover such visitors in the gardens!
This particular dove got stuck inside the (netted) greenhouse. On any day, finding any bird inside the greenhouse would be an event! This would prompt anyone who sees it first to excitedly alarm everyone else, and I would follow with camera on hand. But this Common Emerald Dove, looking so gentle and tame, somehow commands a quiet respect and affection.