pigeons

wonga pigeon

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P1190381 (1)We have resident Wonga Pigeons who while endearing do test the boundaries of civility with their early morning, daytime and dusk repetitive ‘woo-woo-woo’. They are a large slate grey pigeon with a white forehead and black spots on the flank. Quite common on the lower east coast of Australia.

bar-shouldered doves

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Bar-shouldered Doves are around 27-29cm. They are common in thick vegetation close to water and this pair was in scrub near a fresh water stream that ended in a tidal lake on a beach.

white pigeons in China

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P1160390 (1)One of the reasons I have been off WordPress for the last couple of months is because I was training as an ESL teacher and then went and volunteered at an International Kindergarten in Ronggui Subdistrict in Guangdong Province. P1160393The trip included a week in Yunnan Province as well and it was here I spotted these white pigeons atop a Buddhist temple. There seemed to be an inordinate number of white cats, white guinea pigs and white dogs in China kept as pets .. I don’t know if a white animal means something special to the Chinese .. maybe someone can tell me?  I’ll be posting some photos and comments about my time in China in the near future.

brown cuckoo-dove

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These lovely doves are a beautiful rusty-brown with a long tail. They are very fond of wild tobacco where this one was feeding. They are common residents in the rainforests and woodlands but only along the edge of Australia’s eastern coast.

brown cuckoo-dove 2

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This capture shows the beautiful russet-brown feathers and part of the lovely long tale. These birds love the wild tobacco tree and seem to swallow the berries whole as in this past capture.P1130125

brown cuckoo-dove

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This beautiful russet-brown bird is quite large, growing up to 43cm. It is a type of pigeon that has a long tail and a loud call. Its habitat is the rainforest and forest on the edge of Australia’s east coast from the top end (Cape York) down south to the Victorian border. This one is attracted by the wild tobacco plant of which they seem particularly fond.