“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two turtle doves…” I’d be pleased to see these Lovelies any time of year.
About Two turtle doves
I stumbled across some photos of turtle doves and was immediately reminded of their gorgeous plumage and lovely colours. And thought – I’d like to paint that!
In recent years the number of turtle doves in Europe has fallen by more than 60%. Habitat loss, changes in farming practices and shooting these pretty birds for so-called ‘sport’ are blamed for their decline. I’m lucky, because one of the relatively few good places to see them in the summer is our local RSPB reserve – RSPB Otmoor.
It’s a bit odd that the turtle dove should appear in an English folk song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas‘, because the turtle dove isn’t actually here in the UK in the winter. It migrates south… and faces Spanish bullets.
I spotted a big brown hare in a field margin just outside our village. I'd gone out to admire the hawthorn blossom and cow parsley in the verges, but this lovely creature made my day!
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I also have greetings cards of this painting.