Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Sunday Selections #306

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme. This week, as is not uncommon I am returning to two of my obsessions.


Starting with birds.  I do like Crested Wood Pigeons, and was pleased with these photos.  It seemed to be having a bit of a bad feather day around the nether regions though.






And then to the sky.  To an almost surreal sky, which changed by the minute...












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  1. Lovely pictures of gorgeous skies.

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  2. I love how the colors in the Crested Wood Pigeon were also evident in the background. Such great shots!

    And look at the series of sky photos. Gorgeous! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: The crested wood pigeons are subtle charmers, and I do love that the more I look the more colours I see in their plumage.

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  3. I don't know what is prettier - the bird or the sky.

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    1. donna baker: Wasn't I lucky to have both? And I couldn't decide either.

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  4. The sky looks like what I think a fairy sky would look like. Beautiful photos just like we have come to expect from you.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: The light was definitely eerie that night. Faery sky? Perhaps, but I could also see aliens landing.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: I said something similar.

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  6. You post some of the most amazing birds and some of the most dramatic skies ever. Thanks. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Thank you. You post things which make me think. And think some more.

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  7. The pigeon has a topnotch and a 'bottomnocth'! I hear it's the new fashion!

    Your photos of stunning skies are stunning!

    Have a wonderful week ahead, EC...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Love the bottomnotch comment. Thanks - and a wonderful week to you and your furry friends too.

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    2. Is the bottom notch related to the man bun?

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    3. kylie: Perhaps, but I prefer to think of it as a wind blown rather than a cultivated look.

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  8. All the sky photos are great but the first couple, what an amazing arrangement of clouds. I have some photos to post of crested pigeons but they look like different birds to yours. I expect the key word is 'wood'. I only saw them in Melbourne about ten years ago and they are now quite common.

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    1. Andrew: I was amazed at the sky, and the very weird light. I wonder whether our crested pigeons are different? Do yours make a whirring sound as they take off?

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    2. we have crested whirrers here but they look nothing like yours.

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    3. River: I hope you or Andrew will post photos of yours.

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  9. wow your sky is fantastic, Thanks for your support. Gosia

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    1. Gosia k: You had an awful week last week. I do hope that this week is better. And that you are feeling better too.

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  10. The birdies look so gorgeous, it's surreal.
    And thank you for mesmerizing glimpses of your skies.

    Cyber hugs and warm thoughts.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Thank you. Hugs and thoughts returned. Just at the moment I would prefer cooling thoughts though...

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  11. Great pictures of the pigeon, but those skies are just beautiful ... the colours in them are wonderful

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~ Jan: Thank you. It really was an incredible ten minutes or so.

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  12. What beautiful birds! I've never seen these before - such subtle colours. And your skies - everchanging and so glorious. I love the burnished gold in the 6th sky shot.

    I'll swap cooling thoughts for your warm ones!

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    1. Alexia: The Crested wood pigeons are quite common in lots of Oz. A subtle charmer. Less vivid than lots of our birds, and quieter too. And isn't it amazing how fast the sky changes...

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  13. The pigeon reminds me of mourning doves we have here...pretty...sing lovely comforting songs.

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    1. Bookie: Lovely to see you in the blogosphere. I hope you are doing well. The crested wood pigeons are quiet, but I think they are lovely.

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  14. Even the sky is at your command. Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Martin Kloess: Thank you, but believe me there is nothing at my command.

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  15. Glorious, EC. Incredible sky! Beautiful, unusual looking bird for those of us in NA.

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    1. Marie Smith: I watch the sky often, and don't recall seeing one quite like it. Molten magic.

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  16. That's a very pretty pigeon and I love the molten gold skies.

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    1. River: Thank you. I am fond of them both.

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  17. A visual feast, as usual!
    I like your turn of phrase a couple of comments back: molten magic. I would never think to use that in relation to the sky but it works well

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    1. kylie: The colours did just flow across the sky like molten metal. Beautiful, and more than a little eerie.

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  18. Those cloud formations are awesome! Even your pigeons are more glamorous than the ones around here.

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    1. River Fairchild: We have the common or garden pigeons too. And weren't those clouds incredible?

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  19. Your colourful skies are just gorgeous!

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    1. Lady Fi: Thank you. That was a spectacular sunset. We often have lovely ones, but this was special.

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  20. The skies are almost surreal. Amazing!

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    1. Olga Godim: Surreal is the word that leapt to my mind too.

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  21. Beautiful sky there and those pigeons they do have wonderful colours.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: The crested wood pigeons are pretty things aren't they? We often have a pair visiting at the moment.

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  22. Hi EC - love the crested pigeon shots ... relaxed, thinking someone's watching me, then definitely I need to check things out ... and perhaps fly off - very clever shots.

    The skies too - stunning .. love the rising or the setting sun in the skies above ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: You were right about the crested pigeon and he/she did fly off shortly after I took the last.
      Sunset. Our dawns are almost always more muted than that.

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  23. Dear EC
    Those skies are amazing! The crested wood pigeons are also things of beauty, as are your photos.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. I am a beauty addict.

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  24. Did you photograph all those sky pictures? If someone painted those no one would believe they were from real skies.

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    1. Granny Annie: I did take the photos - and know just what you mean about them being unbelievable in a painting.

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  25. Crested wood pigeons are new to me. Very cool as are the beautiful skies.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: The crested wood pigeons rarely get a look in when someone is featured birds of Oz. In their own way I think they are lovely.

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  26. The sky shots are to die for! And the birdie is not so bad either, even on a 'bad feather day'...

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. I would be happy to look as good as the pigeon - on any day.

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  27. Such a dramatic sky. The ones of the pigeon are just amazing though. Very vivid in color.

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  28. I love your pretty pigeon with the bad feather day, but the sky is incredible! :-)

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    1. DJan: The sky was amazing. I hope you are feeling better now. Being on holidays and getting sick seems so unfair.

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  29. Your photos of the sky are breathtaking, so amazing.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. The skinny one and I were the only people I saw watching it. Which amazed me nearly as much as the sky itself.

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  30. I'm always amazed at the birds you photographically capture. You are quite a good photographer. The pictures of the sky are so beautiful and dramatic.
    Hope you have a great week.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. The camera deserves a lot of the credit. And a wonderful week to you too.

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  31. I've never seen a pigeon like that. Beautiful bird and the sky isn't bad either.
    R

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    1. Rick Watson: And a big thank you to you as well.

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  32. The first sky photos look like what we call a popcorn sky here. Progressed though to look more like a stormy sea, full of waves and drama. I've not seen a crested pigeon. The tufts up top are cute!

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    1. Strayer: Popcorn sky is the perfect description. Thank you. I hadn't ever heard it before - and don't remember seeing that cloud formation either.

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  33. Look at the feet on that pigeon - wonderful! That is a beautiful bird, and nice captures of him. And that sky - OH MY! What beauty! I'm so glad you caught that and shared it with us. You are good at finding beauty, EC.

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    1. jenny_o: As I said to someone else, I am a beauty addict. And find lots to feed my 'habit'.

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  34. I don't think I've seen a pigeon like that, are they native to your area? You have the most amazing sky photos.

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    1. Truedessa: The Crested Wood Pigeons are found across most of Australia. Pretty things aren't they?

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    1. Birdie: I said rather a lot of Wows at the time.

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  36. O, My,
    What lovely pigeons you have, my dear! xxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: We do. We also have the more common variety of pigeons - which have beauty of their own.
      Hugs.

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  37. The first three are tremendous, and the skies, well, they are the BEST yet EC.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. Isn't it wonderful looking up at the sky...?

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  38. My friend, you have such an accurate eye for photography. I love these shots.

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): It was beautiful. And we were saying wow rather a lot as we watched. I hope your world is treating you more kindly than it has been.

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  40. Oh my goodness, they are lovely captures, what a beautiful creature he is too. Your skies are most charming to see too, we live in such a glorious place!

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    1. Karen S.: Definitely a beautiful world. A very beautiful world.

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  41. OMG, your sky photos are glorious.
    And that is the most beautiful pigeon I've ever seen. Lovely photos of it.
    All of your pictures were much enjoyed. Thank you.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. There are some lovely pigeons (much maligned birds) about. The Common Bronze-wing is another. And isn't common here.

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  42. What a sweet bird and those sky images make me want to grab my camera and fly over your way!

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    1. cleemckenzie: I will happily leave the light on for you.

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  43. The bird looks nice, but the sunset is amazing.
    Have a nice X-mas time.

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. I am hoping that Christmas will be cooler than usual. Rain wouldn't go astray either - very early or very late. And a very merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  44. WOW you have really captured some beautiful colors here. Love the pigeons.
    Lisa

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    1. Lisa: I often love our sunsets, but this was exceptional.

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  45. The bird is beautiful, but the skies are just awesome. They do look fantastical...strange even the first two...but gorgeous. I've only ever seen those types of clouds twice, but both times were this year and always either before or after a bad storm.

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: Not a drop of rain did we get. I was hoping, but it stayed dry. I don't think I have ever seen those formations before. In an earlier comment Strayer told me they were 'popcorn' clouds - which I can totally see.

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  46. Your photos are fabulous. I know you are having summer now when we are just beginning winter. Thanks for sharing these pictures and thanks so much for your comments on my blogs.

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    1. Glenda Council Beall: Thank you. I hope you have been able to get back into your home and the smoke has cleared.

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  47. That sky doesn't look real. It's like someone just painted it. I can think of maybe only a few times I've ever seen a sky like that. So gorgeous...

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    1. Robert Bennett: It doesn't look real does it? But I am not clever enough to play photoshop. It was real - and amazing.

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  48. Wowwowwow! That sky! I completely understand why your garden and outside areas in your city are so beloved by you. Thanks for sharing these photos and hugs to you.

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    1. e: My city is widely known as dull and boring. I disagree. And am happy that the criticisms keep people away. Hugs gratefully received and returned.

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  49. Nature is amazing. Thank you for sharing your slice of it with us all way over here!

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  50. I do love a changing sky like that. Beautiful!

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    1. Lynn: I am always blown away by how fast the sky changes. Never mind minute by minute, sometimes it is second by second.

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  51. Prettiest pigeons I have ever seen.
    And the sky?
    Oh my, oh my!

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    1. Jono: I am so glad to find other sky addicts.

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  52. Incredible skies and the bidries! Cracking shots dearie, you are a whizz I tell you a whizz with a camera. Xx

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    1. All Consuming: Your ever changing header photo says that you are no mean hand yourself. Hugs.

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  53. I often look at your images first, then head up to read your comments and re-look at the images. On the first look today I enjoyed your pigeon shots then thought the first sky images were paintings, beautiful painting where the artist had dotted gorgeous golden yellows across a blue canvas - such is the nature of sunsets - exquisite artwork in the sky. Such a joy to see your photographs EC, thank you

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    1. Kim: Thank you. Nature was the artist here. I was merely the recorder.

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  54. Hello!:) There is such incredible beauty in your sky shots, and the beautiful Crested pigeon, a bird I never even knew existed, is a joy to behold.:)

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    1. Breathtaking: Welcome and thank you. The Crested Wood Pigeon deserves to be better known doesn't it?

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  55. That crested wood pigeon looks downright regal! And your skies? Gorgeous, as always. Seeing something that beautiful really lifts your spirits, doesn't it? :)

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Susan: Beauty definitely lifts my spirits. And fortunately there is a lot of it around. I hope your weekend is lovely, and healthier than it has been.

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  56. Did my previous comment go through? Blogger gives me such a hard time in making comments? It usually takes about 3 tries. Anyway...thanks for the lovely summer photos. We are covered with snow and ice.

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    1. barbfroman: Nope, it doesn't seem to have landed. Blogger and Wordpress really don't play nicely together. Snow and ice? Oooh. And longing thoughts.

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  57. A surreal sky is a beautiful thing :) what fantastic captures

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist: Thank you. And yes, a surreal sky is indeed a beautiful thing.

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  58. Spectacular colours in your photos EC, both the pigeons and the sunset/sunrise? I have been waiting to read my backlog of blog posts over Christmas and these photos were a lovely surprise. Awesome!

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    1. carol in cairns: Thank you. I hope that Christmas and the year(s) to come treat you very, very kindly.

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