Before we went away for a few weeks we only had a Crested Pigeon visit our garden occasionally, but we now have a regular visitor. It comes in early in the day for a drink and returns later in the afternoon. The Bar-shouldered and Peaceful Doves are a bit wary of it as it is a somewhat larger bird at approximately 35cm. We left a dripping water source for the birdlife in our absence and they have got rather used to wandering the garden and verandahs! This week we put some extra water on the back lawn-well, it isn’t much lawn at the moment due to the lack of rain for months on end. We actually put it on more for the benefit of the birds and ourselves as they really are quite amusing as they bathe under the sprinklers. The Crested Pigeon endeavored to get all parts of it’s body wet!
Crested Pigeon getting a good bathe!
As you can see from the photographs this bird was really taking advantage of an opportunity to cool off and get wet! After looking at thousands of shorebirds in Roebuck Bay, recording and entering data during the week and being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers that are returning safely from the north it is nice to amuse yourself at home with a little water and a Crested Pigeon!