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