These photos were taken this past Sunday and I thought it would make a good Valentine's Day post. I had taken a break from some yard work when I noticed this pair of doves sitting in the tree. I recognized their courtship behavior so grabbed the camera. I find animal behavior quite fascinating to watch.
The mating behavior was very brief and I feel sure it was nothing more than bonding behavior as it is definitely too early for nesting.
If a bird's expression can look happy, I would say this pair would be a happy couple.
They sealed their bond with a "kiss". Awe, how sweet!
The pair spent some time taking turns nuzzling each other......
then cuddled up together and had a nice little nap.