Abbey calls out, "Mum come quick with camera" and I know to rush and go quiet. She had witnessed the hawk hunting the doves. The Kahu (Maori name for hawk) landed on our barn and waited for the doves to come out of hiding, It was wonderful to watch.
I enjoy the doves, but would never recommend or get another dovecote in my life. Doves look amazing and romantic flying free. But the reality is their poop gets everywhere. They even make their nests for their babies by building up their own faeces in the cote, which when there is a big enough pile they lay their eggs in it and raise their young. (gross aye).
Cleaning out a dove cote is one of the worst jobs ever.
So knowing what we know re doves we are more than happy to lend mother nature a hand and try and help the hawk by flushing out the doves to help keep the numbers down.
You can see the hawk still on the roof in this photo,
Oh my goodness... I've just been corrected. I'm so excited. Our visitor is not a hawk Kahu (Swamp Harrier) but a Karearea (NZ Falcon).