Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sunday Selections # 62





Sunday Selections, brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, is an ongoing theme where participants post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

Anyone can join in, just post your photos under the Sunday Selections title, link back to Kim, then add your name to her Linky list at Frogpondsrock.  

As usual I am running with a theme.  And for something completely different, it is birds again.  This little gem has been visiting us for the last few days, and we are happy to see him.  He is called the Common Bronzewing pigeon, and is apparently found in most parts of Australia but I cannot remember ever seeing him before.

I think he is truly beautiful.






The colours on his wings are particularly spectacular.



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  1. I agree - those wing colors are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Ron. He is one of those birds who look a bit plain until the sun hits at just the right angle. Then those wings just shimmer with colour.

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  2. Gorgeous! Even the pigeons in Australia are colourful! Terrific shots! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Good to see you are in action... I was getting a little worried. I have never seen a pigeon like this before - so this is quite a treasure.

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    1. Christine: Thank you. It is early the week after next that things will get a bit tense - and I will post about that early this coming week. Isn't it interesting that a bird classified as common seems to be such a hidden gem.

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  4. There's all kinds of birds in my garden, but I've never seen one of those, either. I'd certainly remember those spectacular wings!

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    1. Cassandra Louise: Welcome and thank you. I am sure that I have never seen this bird before either. Or not in sunlight anyway.

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  5. Wow...what amazing color! Beautiful indeed. Thanks for a peek at this most interesting pigeon!

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    1. Paper Chimpmunk: Such an incredible mix of colours too.

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  6. The fourth is particularly striking. What a gorgeous sheen their feathers take on.

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    1. John Wiswell: It is almost opalescent. I love it.

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  7. What a beautiful bird. Those colours are glorious :)

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    1. sleepydwarf: Welcome. It is an amazing looking bird. I hope it becomes a regular.

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  8. Wow. Those volours are amazing.

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  9. He looks a lot like what I would call a mourning dove.

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    1. Snowbrush: I just went away and looked up your mourning dove. You are right, the shape is very similar, but I didn't see those incredible colours on the mourning dove.

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  10. What a handsome chap! I enjoyed seeing these very much.

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    1. Alexia: Thank you. How are your moving preparations going on?

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  11. He is a lot like our mourning dove in shape...but certainly not in color! Yours is so much prettier. I love seeing the pictures you post. Very unusual at least around here!

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    1. Teresa: Common he supposedly is, but I had not seen him before. He was back again this evening which I really liked.

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  12. So vivid it glared in my eyes. Beautiful. You're lucky to have such beauty and blessed to recognize it.

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    1. Austan: He is a subtle little bird seen head on and then, when he turns into the sunlight, WOW.

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  13. you have such an awesome variety of birds that visit you! beautiful!

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    1. Sherri: We encourage them. It is not uncommon to have six or seven native species visit in a day. A joy.

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  14. I reckon he stopped by for a feed and a drink on his way to somewhere else down the track. You could call his wings Rainbow Wings :-).

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    1. Windsmoke: He was back again this evening so perhaps he has delayed his trip. Rainbow wings they are.

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  15. I've never even heard of a common bronzewing pigeon, I've certainly never seen one!
    But then, I'm not much of a birdwatcher.
    He's very lovely and I hope he continues to visit your garden.

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    1. River: I knew nothing about him either before we looked him up after his first appearance a few days ago. He was back this evening which is lovely. Birds have become a bit of an obsession...

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  16. Oh, yes, those wings are very beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. permanently amanda: Almost peacock coloured wings. A treat.

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  17. Someone had fun decorating him! He is gorgeous.

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  18. So beautiful! I'm envious of the colors you have there in everything. I'll be so grateful to get out of Texas!

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    1. Cindi: We are very lucky in the birds that visit us.

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  19. Those colors! They are spectacular, as you said, and very well captured too, I might add. I love this little guy, nothing like the pigeons around these parts. Thank you! :-)

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    1. DJan: In the wing photo I cropped it to just include his wings - because I had already cropped half his head as he moved. Glorious colours though.

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  20. I don't think there is anything common about this beautiful pigeon. As if someone dropped their watercolour palette on it. Wonderful.

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    1. Carolina: I was surprised at his name too. We have not seen him before, so he is not common on that front, and his feathers make him anything but common to look at.

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  21. We have Bronze wings here. I don't often get close enough to them for a photo so I especially enjoyed your :)

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    1. Kim: You are the only other person who has seen them. Quite amazing.

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  22. Beautiful photos! Lovely pigeons!

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  23. That's a stunningly colored bird! Thanks for the pictures.

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    1. SarcasticTestGuy: Thank you. And thanks for stopping by.

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  24. He's very beautiful, but the wings don't look bronze to me. Really beautiful bird!

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    1. Strayer: He seems to have been misnamed on every front. Only one other Australian blogger knew about him - so he isn't common and I agree his colours don't look bronze. Peacock winged pigeon?

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  25. oh my ... he is beautiful! I have a deserted house next door to me and we never get anything as nice as him.

    I am always stoked when we get a couple of white ones :)

    I am adding binoculars to my "to buy" list on the offchance we get some funky-arse birds like wot you get, and I just ain't seeing them proper.

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    1. Mad Cat Lady: He is beautiful - but I really don't think he is common. And yes, I am happy to see almost any birds.

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  26. ~~~Dear E,
    The shades on his body look as if somebody took a paintbrush and colored his feathers in one by one...
    FaAaaaabulous.

    How are you, dearest? Xxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Thank you - I am so glad that others found him as beautiful as I do. I am fine. How are you doing?

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  27. Gorgeous images. I'm drooling over them!

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    1. Dave King: Hopefully not for pigeon pie.

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  28. Such pretty coloring in those feathers. Great shots! It's lovely to see all the different kinds of birds all over the world, and this little dove is one of the prettiest I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing her/him :)

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  29. There's a dove that looks a lot like that one in New Zealand and I got a few pictures of it while I was there, but they are not as good as yours.

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    1. Anne: I will have to see if I can track down his New Zilland cousin. Thank you.

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  30. Dear EC, he's gorgeous. And his color is iridescent. He looks bigger than the pigeons here. More majestic. And plump! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs with us. Peace.

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    1. Dee: All the birds that discover our place become plump. Between the feeder and the lawn (where we spread more seed) there are plenty of easy pickings.

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  31. what a lovely looking bird.... puts to shame my fat old hens!

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    1. John Gray: My partner's sister adores chickens in general and was really taken by the birds on your header.

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  32. O sweetie, it's so beautifully colorful. 'Like no pigeon or dove I've ever seen.

    You did get a magnificent shot of the lovely fowl.

    Thanks for sharin'!

    God bless and have yourself a fantastic week!!! :o)

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    1. Nezzy: Welcome and thank you. I will head over to your blog shortly.

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  33. What beautiful markings. He has a rainbow on his feathers!

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    1. ladyfi: He does. That is a wonderful description. Thank you.

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