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Old Nov 3, 2004, 1:52 AM   #1
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I have been trying to attract more bird-life into my yard so thought that I would work on getting some of the seed eaters in as I mainly get the nectar eaters, gulls, crows and pigeons.

After about 4 days I noticed that the seed bell and the home,made cone bells were getting eaten yet I'd not seen any new birds, apart from one parrot and a few very tiny birds. Imagine how excited I was when I saw the bell was getting eaten at high speed. That was until I stepped outside today to see these guys who have made themselves at home here for some time. AND to make matters worse they are bullying other birds away from the food:-)

These were shot at ISO 800 with digital rebel in dull lighting, no cropping etc just some noise reduction and contrast work.








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Old Nov 3, 2004, 10:44 AM   #2
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Interesting birds. They look sorta related to our american dove... but they are very different in colors. And behavior, as doves here are basically pushovers. They wouldn't be able to chase away much of anything.

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Old Nov 4, 2004, 6:23 AM   #3
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These are not doves, wood pigeons I think.
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Old Nov 4, 2004, 11:42 AM   #4
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Hi, always gr8 to discover a new species in your garden. Today a Pinntailed Wydah visited but I was to slow with the camera....next time :-)

Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)

Canon 10D 100-400IS @ 375mm 1/350s F6.7 100ISO

Seems we have something similar as well. Over here they are calledlaughing doves because of the gentle laughing quality of their voice. I also find that they chase even larger doves than themselvesaway from food.

Thanx for the posts....Small world we live in.
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looks exactly the same as ours
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