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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