8 August 2016

Summer Pigeons



It's been a quiet hot hot couple of weeks.....................


Yesterday was as hot a day as I can recall for at least 3 years, around 34 with high humidity. It's been hot for a while and I haven't been out much. The heat combined with a sore achilles and a busy workload has kept me indoors.

But yesterday we were out. Not much at Yakumo and Oshamanbe. Grey Tailed Tattler at both and a flock of Great Egret at the latter. I've seen quite a few Osprey and Peregrine over the last 2 or 3 weeks but nothing close enough for a picture.............

These Japanese Green Pigeon were just outside Hakodate............they're prettty shy so mainly BIFs here.










They were in small flocks............





They come down to the sea to drink saltwater, presumably to neutralize pH in their digestive systems. The shot everyone wants in on volcanic rocks with the waves splashing over them. No such rocks in Hakodate alas, just concrete tetrapods.


12 comments:

  1. these Green Pigeon are very pretty adn excellent shots of them all Stuart

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  2. Superb looking pigeon and great flight shots. You must be glad to be out and about again despite the heat.

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    1. It'll be autumn soon thank god.............

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  3. Hello Stuart!:) Such wonderful flight shots, and how lovely these pigeons are, so very different than any I know. So sorry you had an injury,..I didn't know. Hope it heals quickly. Here in Portugal it is 38degreesC in the shade and it's going to rise to 40 this week!!

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    1. It's the humidity that does me, the dry heat of even hotter southern Europe is probably marginally more bearable.

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  4. Most birders disregard our UK pigeons. I suppose they a bit unexciting brown jobs, apart from Turtle Dove which has rarity value. Those Green Pigeons are just beautiful. And splendid pictures too. Nice work Stu.

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    1. Thanks Phil, the green ones do tend to add a tropical flavour to the already hot summer................

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  5. That is the most beautiful pigeon I have ever seen. You should see ours here.....they aren't as tropical:)

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    1. Thanks for the comment Chris. Yes they do bring a splash of colour...........

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  6. Splendid JGP shots...I was thinking "woodland" until I saw the photo with the gulls in the background. (And I should have remembered you get them at the seashore).

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    1. I guess they are in the woods most of the time.............when they aren't looking for their salt fix that is.

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