And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Common Doves of the North

When you travel in the north of Western Australia, one of the most common bird sounds you will hear is the calming 'doodle-doo' of the Peaceful Doves. A sound typical of the north and most arid areas of Australia, especially near water.
The other small dove of the northern arid areas that you will hear, is the Diamond Dove with it's harsher 'cooing' call. This delicate little dove is often seen in extremely harsh dry stoney country, feeding on seeds scattered on the ground under shrubs.




On a hot afternoon, groups of Peaceful Doves come to the bird bath at the Broome Bird Observatory, looking for water and relief from the extreme heat and humidity.




The lovely Diamond Doves, so called beacause of the small white spots on the wings, are at home in the cattle country of the Kimberleys. Easily identified from the other doves by their bright red eye-rings.

1 comment:

Pam said...

Hi Richard, your wildlife photos and videos are incredible. I enjoyed touring both of your blogs.
Thanks for the beautiful journey.