These large but shy pigeons are irregular visitors to my backyard.
The White-headed Pigeon is endemic to rainforests in eastern Australia.In forests this pigeon is difficult to observe.
When nesting, it is detected most readily by its loud booming calls.
The nests of many pigeons and doves seem to consist of not much more than a beakful of twigs and a prayer. It is surprising that they hold eggs, let alone wriggling nestlings.It has been suggested that these nests may dry out quickly after rain. Flimsiness, however, may be an illusion; the sticks in nests of superb fruit-doves were found to consist of forked twigs which were locked into place and difficult to pull apart.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    How lovely- great eye-contact and shadow!

  • Many thanks, they’re such lovely birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    Awwww bless, I think you have been seen, wonderful capture,

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 4 years ago

    Wow & the shadow sets this one off so well.

  • Many thanks, I love these pigeons!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful bird… nice one Deb.

  • Many thanks Phillip, they’re gorgeous … very big but very shy and always return to my backyard!

    – byronbackyard

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • Cleber Photography Design
    Cleber Photogr...over 4 years ago

    Nice capture!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, brilliant work and well deserved.

  • Many thanks Andrea, gorgeous birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • Heidi Foreman
    Heidi Foremanover 4 years ago

    Love the colours and shadows in this photograph! Just gorgeous the peacock blue feathers and the terracotta orange.. Great photo!

  • Many thanks, very unusual for one to let me this close, it’s only happened twice in many years!

    – byronbackyard

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