Turtle Dove
Artist : Barrie Morris
Media : Mixed Media
Size : 40 x 50 cm (plus frame)

Price : £1,950.00 (inc. VAT)

TURTLE DOVES (Streptopelia turtur)                                                                          JUNE

Turtle Doves are the Romeo and Juliet of the avian world. They are smaller and daintier than the Collared Dove but slightly larger than the Blackbird. The bond between a pair of these birds has made them an emblem of devotion. From late spring and into summer, their melancholic soft purring call emanates from thickets and overgrown hedgerows. They feed on weeds and seeds, but since the 1970’s numbers have crashed down and sadly the species is now on the Red List of conservation. Much of their decline is due to habitat loss. The weeds and tiny seeds, like fumitory, on which they depend, have been destroyed by decades of modern intensive farming. When carollers stand at our front doors at Christmas singing of the things “my true love gave to me”, chances are that only a few of them will have actually heard a Turtle Dove or have any idea of the significance of the gift. On a hot summer’s day, what sweeter sight can there be than of two Turtle Doves billing and cooing at the lych-gate of one of Norfolk’s many churches where a June Wedding is about to bless the lives of two consenting adults?