Stock Dove 01
Stock Dove 02
dove Columba oenas
The original pigeon, now quite scarce.
Forest of Dean, march 2010.
Turtle Dove 02
Turtle Dove 04 crop
dove Streptopelia turtur
I'm not fond of pigeons but this bird
I do like, an ancient emblem of devotion with a soporific
purr. A widespread bird of woodland, farmland and
urban gardens but it can be elusive, often staying high
in tree tops. Mass slaughter in Malta could be a major
reason for their decline in recent years (they are migrants),
but farming intensification also plays a big part.
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