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.

12 thoughts on “ROCK DOVE (Columba livia)

    1. Thanks for the focus opinion, Tanja.

      For some strange reason, since I came home from hospital last week, I’m having great trouble reading, typing and photo reviewing. Maybe I need to stay off the computer a bit more. I’ve already started cutting back the blog reading and computer work, especially now we’re starting to get some better weather at the moment.

      Lovely day today and the gusty wind has dropped considerably.

      Dare I suggest Spring is on the horizon 🙂

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  1. I’m of such a divided mind about these birds. They are attractive, and interesting, but they’re little feathered hogs, too, and drive all of my other birds away. If only they wouldn’t call all of their friends to the party!

    I have been able to identify a few pairs, but only because I see the male chasing the female around. It’s behavior that gives them away. I can’t see that feather patterns or size or anything else is a constant. Sometimes the male’s larger, and sometimes it’s the female. But I do have a pretty one right now, with pure white tail feathers. Lovely.

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    1. I know what you mean – being of divided mind. So you’re of the same opinion about identification and pattern colours etc.

      Rock Doves are nothing like the beautiful and friendly Spotted Turtle-doves on my previous apartment balcony.

      Just now, I can see the Fairy-wrens in and around the green hedges on the other side of the road – too far away to photograph though. (I think I need a VERY expensive 600mm lens 😀 ). I saw a couple of those tiny wrens at the top of my hill…..about 6-7 feet away from me on Monday. They didn’t seem to notice me at all.

      BTW……Good grief…..I’m turning into a bird-aholic.


    1. I love that late afternoon light for bird photography – the blue hour. But even more special was the sunlight higher up turning the doves into gold. That 3rd floor apartment balcony, looking over the rooftops, was a very special place for photography, but as you know, if an apartment doesn’t work for various reasons, best thing to do is move house, which I did.
      Still this 1st floor apartment has it’s great qualities too – a west-facing balcony for growing vegetables 🙂


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