It’s that time of year again. The birds are all getting quite excited, and some of them already have young. These crested or top knot pigeons are among my favourite. Sadly, they are also the favourite of some local birds of prey. However, they are a successful bird, they are very common. These 2 photos are of 2 birds that are brothers, or sisters. I thought there could have been more than one young in the nest because there were a lot of tails poking out of it. Today we found these two birds on the ground, no where near the nest. The one that J is holding is not very well. It was laying on its side on the path. The other one was sitting nearby under some shrubbery. The sick bird is not calling for food so it’s parents are not feeding it. We will make sure it’s safe for the night, but sadly, there is not much hope for it.
Spiney cheeked honeyeater
This bird has been in the garden a lot lately and now we know why. J saw its nest today, with maybe 2 hatchlings. In this photo it has a tiny insect in its beak and is on a perch about to enter the tree where the nest is. We could hear the young birds calling so we knew they were there somewhere.
The same tree has another nest with a bird sitting on its young, it’s a crested pigeon.
The strange thing is that that tree has now been struck by fallen branches from a bigger tree, twice! It is badly damaged and only about 3 meters tall. But it has very spikey leaves and is obviously a favourite for nesting birds. Wish I knew what it’s called. I tried to strike pieces of it to get more of the same tree, but they haven’t worked. I will get a photo of it tomorrow, maybe there is a ‘what tree is that’ web site 🙂
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Teenage crested pigeon, just resting in the lush grass.
These beautiful creatures just keep hanging around. I can’t help it if they’re so photogenic! This is the junior of the family, he just sits around all day and still gets fed by his parents! They, meanwhile are sitting on the nest again. I’m quite surprised that the raptors haven’t eaten him, he really isn’t too frightened by anything.
After what feels like 25 years of drought, this lush grass is also a novelty for us. We’ve had a week of cloudy, windy and wet weather but only a total of 17mm of rain. It looks lush on the surface, but I don’t think there is enough water to get deep into the soil.
Crested pigeon keeping an eye on me as I struggle to photograph them between the branches.
We were sitting in our back yard yesterday morning, enjoying the sun, and the quiet, and the sound of birds, particularly the crested pigeons gently wooing to each other. We had our backs to a may bush, and could hear occasional rustling in there and a soft woo that was answered by another bird who we could see wandering around feeding. Of course we were curious as to why a crested pigeon would be inside the may bush ….and after searching carefully saw that they have a baby!! Middle of winter and there it was, snuggled up to an adult and about half the size, and just as beautiful. Today we didn’t have to look far to find the same birds in a nearby shrub.
Crested pigeons are always in our garden and often nesting. I think this is the first time we’ve actually seen a baby.
crested pigeons love living at our place
I used to call this bird a top knot pigeon. I now call it a crested pigeon, I think both common names are acceptable. A very common bird, we always have them in our yard, but quite regularly we find little piles of feathers where a raptor has had one for dinner. It worries me when they get so blaze as to let me photograph them as easily as I snapped this one. He was pecking around the grass and didn’t worry about me at all. The soft colour transitions of the feathers are just beautiful, and I also really like their temperament, and the soft call that they make.