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Wood pigeon

Wood pigeon, Columba palumbus, Group of birds in flight, Warwickshire, December 2016. Canon EOS 1dx. 800mm lens. 800 iso. 1/160 at F29


I have always liked Wood pigeons. They are very attractive birds and know how to pose for a picture. I have put a lot of time into Redwings and Fieldfares on berries recently with limited success, but the pigeons are much easier. They also like the Hawthorn berries, but will sit openly on exposed branches unlike the thrushes who stay inside the bush hiding from the Sparrowhawk that flies up and down. The pigeons react to the Sparrowhawk, but not by staying inside the bush.

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