Ring necked dove.........! by Roy  Massicks


Three or four years ago only three of these lovely little birds frequented our area in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. On my regular walk the other day I counted thIrty seven, each group has it’s own tree or lamp post to roost in. I guess that at some stage someone in the area has had doves as caged birds but they have either escaped or their owners have let them loose when leaving the area as they are not native to New Zealand.

Panasonic LUMIX – GH2 at 140 mm, 14×140 lens, 1/1300, f/7.1, iso 320, Manual.
From a single RAW image.


  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 3 years ago

    I love the way he is looking down at you with great interest. “What’s this geezer up to?” is the question he is asking himself! LOL
    Well taken Roy – crystal clear and no distracting surrounds. Great work mate!

  • They are actually quite tame Peter and will sit and look at you ! Mind you, I’ve had some near misses from their rear ends…..lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work Roy

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 3 years ago

    Nice work Roy – looks like a little fella from these parts!

  • Many thanks Bob – Oh, do you have these in UK as well ? I think these originated from around West Africa across to Egypt, obviously smuggled in by an Egyptian carpet salesman……lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely perspective and capture Roy… they are such beautiful birds.

  • Thank you so much Andrea – they flock around our area, think someone close by feeds them !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 3 years ago

    Great capture of this sweet little Dove Roy, they are such gentle little birds.

    Cheers Jude

  • Thank you Jude – I agree with you, they are gentle. They wander across the road here and unfortunately a few do come to grief as we live on a corner.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 3 years ago

    Great capture and perspective Roy ~ looks like they’ve found an ideal location!

  • Thank you very much Susie – yep, they can certainly pick em ! A mild climate, we’ve only had one frost here in eight years. Rains quite often but they don’t seem to mind and plenty of softies to feed them !

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 3 years ago

    very nice, just got back from Cornwall so have some catching up to do xx

  • Thank you so much Lynn – hope you have brought plenty of photos back with you !

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 3 years ago

    It was mostly a family time but did sneak in a few extra photo’s xx

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenalmost 3 years ago

    I think these are the ones we call collared doves…a pair landed here from europe in the 50’s and have now spread all over the country. Nice capture Roy

  • Oops ! My apologies Jamie – another one I must have missed. A belated thank you for your comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture!!

  • Many thanks Gena – that thirty seven I mentioned last year – we have only seen three this year. Don’t know what has happened to them all.

    – Roy Massicks

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