Young Ring Necked Dove. by Roy  Massicks

This young dove is part of a family group which appeared in our garden. Originating from Africa they come in a variety of colours ranging from white, grey to creamy fawn and in some cases almost an orangy tinge to the more common grey pigeon colour. Mature birds have a black ring round the back of their neck, hence the name.

The cooing of this family does take me back to my origins in England where this sound was common.
These birds coo from dawn to late evening so this could be another reason people use the expression
’ I’ll RING that birds NECK! ’ although I find the sound restful.

Best viewed large.

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  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 4 years ago

    Aww he’s so cute!!

  • Thanks Colin – I have been watching them for days now.

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Another beaut, Roy!

  • Many thanks David – they are getting used to me now but must say they are reasonably tame.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Karen.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    Smashing shot mate..

  • Cheers Jason – they are cute birds.

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, superb Roy.

  • Thanks Gary – I don’t think the neighbour was all that happy, she must have thought I was taking pics of her, the silly old bat ! Watch this space, bat pictures next…..Lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManover 4 years ago

    Great shot, it looks to have a 3D effect.

  • Thanks Alex, I was playing around with the aperture to try and get enough depth of field for the bird and branch but leave everything else out of focus.

    – Roy Massicks

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