A couple of weeks ago, I pulled all my balcony potted plants away from the waist-high security fence and washed the glass inside (and out).  I’d never washed those spots before.

I was amazed at how clearly I could see the Japanese Maple branches from my desk chair in the lounge.  Despite the 2 layers of glass, if it’s clean and you are a good photographer (or can tweak your image a wee bit like I do), there’s still a chance of obtaining a good image through glass.

I re-edited the contrast in this 1st January 2018 image (below), shot between 2 dirty layers of dusty glass, to remind followers of the amazing sight of a (Mother?) House Sparrow feeding her very large offspring.   It was in very deep shade, with a few over-exposed bits.

Here’s hoping I get another opportunity this coming Spring/Summer.

I intend having a CLEAR shot (if the opportunity arises again).

ROCK DOVE (Columba livia)

With reference to a comment on a prior post about 2 Rock Doves which used to stand on the warehouse roof (opposite my previous apartment on the 3rd floor) with their feathers fluffed up in Winter – “Tweedledum & Tweedledee” (as I called them), well, I can’t find the image at the present time.  I’ll post it if I do Peggy.

This brings me to the subject of Rock Doves (Columba livia).  Often called Rock Pigeons, depending on their size and Bird Guide Book (or Web site) you are searching through.

These common, mainly town birds, are variable in colour from pinkish through browns to near-black, but typically grey, sometimes chequered darker on their wings and often with an iridescent sheen.

I’ve seen and photographed so many different colours when I first started Bird photography, I wondered if I was photographing lots of different bird species.

In the blue hour, they look very blue as you’ll see in the images in this post.

My Abbotsford apartment location from April 2015 to September 2016 – Biro shows my regular walking routes

They used to fly over the rooftops of Abbotsford Convent (below – images taken from my balcony).

I lived in the inner north-east suburb of Abbotsford for 16 months (map left showing my usual hiking trail 3-4 times a week).

They would appear gold in the Golden Hour as they flew in ever decreasing circles and finally landed on the Convent Roof to roost for the night.


If I leaned over my 3rd floor balcony fence I could see the parkland on the other side of the Yarra River in the Golden hour. My complex of 5 apartment blocks, around a landscaped inner courtyard, was built on a 30-40 cliff next to the Yarra River and walking/cycling paths.

I lived with a clear 180 degree view of the sky and the early morning hot air balloons would appear very close.

My current apartment location next to Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve and the Maribyrnong River about 5-6 mins walk away. There is something like 400 hectares of parkland and green belt up and down this river for many miles until this main river spills out on to Port Phillip Bay (on which the capital city of Melbourne is built).

Not sure I’ve ever seen Rock Doves here, where I live next to Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve and the Maribyrnong River in the Western suburbs of Melbourne  (map on the right).

For those new to my Nature Blog, since returning from living and travelling in the U.K. and Europe in 1976, 1978-1979, I’ve nearly always lived next to Melbourne’s parks, gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens or Nature Reserves  (or at least 5 mins walk or a short tram/bus ride away).

If you have to live in the city or urban areas, I must be one of the luckiest people in the world because, quite by chance, I’ve lived in rental properties, in the loveliest locations, especially now that I’ve taken up Photography in 2010 in retirement.

NOTE: for new followers, I started my blog afresh and cleared out my archives to set up a better collection of bird & flower images with an INDEX showing bird names.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, (depends on how you view life and blogging), long-time followers will have seen many of these images before.

There should end up being about 120 Australian (or Zoo aviary) Bird species and hundreds of flower images (as well at the walks in Nature Reserves and the progress of my Balcony Garden) by the end of this year, as I slowly go through my archives weeding out the bad shots and only keeping the better/good shots.