Did You Knock On My Wood? - Wood Pigeon - NZ by AndreaEL
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When someone is thankful for something and hopes that his luck will not change he says, “Knock on wood” and looks around for some wood to knock. The origin of this belief goes back to the time when people in Europe thought that gods lived inside trees. If the wish were granted they would touch the tree again to thank the god.
New Zealand Wood Pigeons are forest birds favouring lowland forests dominated by podocarps. The Wood Pigeon is found in most areas of both the North and South Island. Their diet consists of Berries of the Puriri, Miro, Taraire and Karaka, supplemented by Nikau and Kahikatea are the Wood Pigeon’s favourite food all the year round. They also eat the berries and new growth of other species. Wood Pigeons can drink without raising their heads to swallow, which is unusual for a bird. The New Zealand Wood Pigeon breeds in spring and early summer. Mating is characterised by spectacular aerial displays of both sexes, particularly the male. The female lays a single egg which is very long, narrow and white. Both adults care for the egg during the 28 day incubation period, the hen through the night and morning, and the male midday till evening. The Wood Pigeon breeds very slowly and studies show that fewer than 15% of chicks survive to independence. There are two sub species of Wood Pigeon, Novaeseelandiae, which breed on the three main islands. Chathamensis reside in the Chatham Islands, are a larger species. Spadicea survived on Norfolk Island until the 1800’s.
Maple Glen has many native birds on the 25 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens and waterways. It is a true bird paradise fantastic to see various parrots spices like Rosella’s, Ring Necks, Love Birds, and Cockateels flying free in the beautiful gardens. The gardens provide an abundant food source for all bird spices…
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Did You Knock On My Wood?


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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Did You Knock On My Wood?

  • HELUA
    HELUAover 3 years ago

    Wow, how beautiful is he!! My fave:)

  • Your lovely comment & fave are greatly appreciated, thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 3 years ago

    wonderful color and detail here

  • Your lovely comment & support are greatly appreciated, thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous bird! Fantastic capture!

  • Your lovely comment & support are greatly appreciated Donna, thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot; he’s beautiful. Love the title.

  • Your lovely comment & support are greatly appreciated Judy, thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Rickster1
    Rickster1over 3 years ago

    Far more attractive than the grey version we see in abundence in the UK Andrea
    Sprightly little fella
    Rick

  • Your lovely comment & support are greatly appreciated Rick, thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 3 years ago

    Andrea this is delightful! Viewing your art is like seeing a whole new world! Things I’ve never seen before!

  • Your lovely comment & support are greatly appreciated Robin, thank you. I am pleased you enjoyed the image.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – AndreaEL

  • Margaret  Shark
    Margaret Sharkover 3 years ago

    Thanks for the fantastic commentary. This bird is magnificent, I have not seen one before. Your shot is beautiful.

  • Your lovely comment & compliment are greatly appreciated Margaret, thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    what a beauty he is xx

  • Your lovely comment & support are greatly appreciated Lynn, thank you

    – AndreaEL


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