“The neighbourhood had been having voltage fluctuations so the electrical board staff came to check it out. Unfortunately there was a dove nesting high in an open box on the electrical pole (above left). They were unaware of the dove. They flushed it accidentally and the single juvenile there also fell out and died (long way down) (above right; left-top). They did not tell us but tried to put the juvenile back in although dead (many people know about our love for birds). The ‘chief’ came soon after and was made aware and informed me, so we asked for them to remove the dead chick so that we could give it a meaningful burial in our garden.
“I think it is a Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis tigrina) but I could be mistaken and it could be a Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata). Appreciate any opinions.
“Not sure how it nested in such an open location, high up where predators could easily have spotted it. Perhaps hard for a large predator to have a perching site to get at young. Teaches me that birds will nest right under my nose and I can miss them.”
Note that in the images on the left-bottom, the wing feathers have yet to be totally emerged from their sheaths.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
7th November 2010