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Rock Dove

Rock Dove (Image ID 44106)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Fri 1st Jan, 2021 and uploaded on Sun 3rd Jan, 2021 .
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ID44106
CommentDoves choreograph their courting in very rehearsed ways, with much bobbing of heads, expanding of chests, and standing tall and handsome in the case of the males. Often, however, the female centre of attention seems all too uninterested. Here two Rock Doves are in the middle of one such courting routine, with (presumably) the male standing very tall indeed and displaying his iridescent green, blue and purple neck feathers to much effect. However, as it transpired, perhaps from the doubtful expression on the female’s face, all the suitor’s efforts were to no avail. Another suitor nearby immediately began trying his luck.
EquipmentNikon Z7ii with Nikon 300mm PF f/4 telephoto
ISO 1250
1/1600th f5
LocationWetlands, Edgars Creek, Coburg, Victoria
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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