I have always needed a writing work space with connection to the outdoors, and I have had that at my Mountain and my last place. Here I have had to create it by inserting two windows to give me the natural views I crave.
This means I can see a fair bit of the birdlife activity, even from my desk.
Which is how I spotted this White-headed Pigeon on my deck railing.
I vividly recall the gradual growth of visits – and visitors – from these handsome pigeons before; first one, then a few, then a flock would start to come around.
I welcome this reconnoitring advance male, and hope for him to return with friends.
As I have observed before, they have adapted to like feeding on the introduced camphor laurels, which no doubt helped save their declining numbers, but does spread the trees.
Unfortunately — apart from attracting the pigeons — I have some here.
Their call is somewhat mournful and not especially musical, with its repetitive ‘oom’.
Their dapper plumage is actually more colourful than at first glance, as there is a purplish-green sheen on the back and rump. The red details on beak, eye ring and legs and feet serve to complement the outfit nicely!