JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise

I am fifty something and I love my family and the life I live. I'm an optimistic person by nature and I try to find a positive for every negative. I'm not a vegetarian, but the animal I eat is. I enjoy cooking, photography and scrapbooking. Since living here I have become a gardener and take immense joy in the beauty of my garden. My husband and I feel that we are the caretakers of the land rather than land owners. We run a grass fed Droughtmaster Stud on our little piece of Paradise and the cattle are a never ending supply of photo opportunities.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Purple-crowned Pigeon

It was with absolute amazement and wonder that we came across this pigeon nesting right beside the path that lead to the escarpment at Mt. Lewis.  It was so well camouflaged and it was simply a fluke that I  (yes me!!) spotted it.  As anyone that knows me will tell you, a bird-watcher I am not!  I seem to walk around with my eyes closed when it comes to birds and always need someone to point one out to me.  Now all four of us had walked right past this bird in our excitement to reach the escarpment and I don't know how, as it was just an arms length away from us.  It never moved while we took photos, but we didn't want to move branches to get a better shot in case it did fly away.  We can only presume that it had an egg ready to hatch or even a chick under its fluffed out body.  We were so close we could have lifted the bird to look but we would never have done that.  We simply gazed at it's beauty.
The wonder of mother nature.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Gorgeous photo! As a Birdwatcher and a Birdwatching Guide, even I rarely see these birds and even more rarely get a view like this. The currently accepted name for this species, by the way, is Superb Fruit-dove. Superb indeed.