While spending Thursday, which was our International Museum Day, at the Tower of David, I noticed that birds feel very safe inside the courtyard.
The Citadel, protected by ancient walls and a dry moat, is like the Garden of Eden for them, especially since-- unlike anywhere else in Israel-- I didn't see one single cat roaming around.
This pigeon is a good example.
I took five shots of it, each time moving a step closer, and still it did not fly away.
On a stone near the Garden of Herbs,
both a sparrow and a dove were busy preening.
You can see their ruffled feathers if you enlarge the photo.
But the very best dove pictures of the week come from the Vatican!
Papa Francesco was doing a tour of St. Peter's Square in the Popemobile, blessing the cheering crowd when someone sent over a bird cage to him.
The Pope just opened the cage, pulled out the white doves, and launched them (even though the second one sat on his hand and didn't want to leave).
You will enjoy the little video.
Happy Pentecost to all the Catholics and Protestants who celebrate it tonight and tomorrow!
(A post for Camera Critters meme.)