The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
- John Berry
"Flutterby" pencil sketch with watercolour in Moleskine watercolour sketch-book
I reared this Laughing Dove from when she was tiny, spent a year in and out of the house, and she was kind enough to roost contentedly on a rock while I sketched her. She now lives free and wild in my garden and is always the first to arrive when I start filling the bird tables. I recognise here because of the little blue ring I put on her.