Crested Pigeons

After the excitement of finding a Brush Bronzewing on Sunday, I thought I should show you the much more common Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes). These pretty gentle birds can be found all over Australia, gradually expanding their range as a result of clearing. They are seed eaters, so are often found sitting decoratively in low trees, not far from the ground. I photographed them in Canberra, and Millthorpe, but they are also present on the south coast where I live.

two crested pigeons in soft autumn colours

crested pigeon on the ground

Like two golden birds perched on the self-same tree, intimate friends, the ego and the Self dwell in the same body. The former eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life, while the latter looks on in detachment” Mundaka Upanishad

14 thoughts on “Crested Pigeons

  1. That first shot is fabulous – the colours, the way that parts of them are framed through the twisted branches, and the way they are facing in opposite directions

  2. Christine, your beautiful first photo looks like a watercolor! And you found all elements in natural setting in nature – how phenomenal and what an eye and soul to see.

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