Category Archives: Doves and Pigeons

Footit Challenge. Half way there

71 out of 75 Had a long walk of some 10 miles yesterday with our family dog, Ebony. Headed off nearly 2 hours before sunrise. Soon onto not one but 2 Tawny Owls at the start of the Loxley Valley. Mute Swan and Mandarin were in the … Continue reading

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Rufous Turtle Dove

Juvenile in Israel Sometimes rarity hunting works and sometimes it doesn’t  Exploring the N Negev region with Yoav and Tristan, we headed for some excellent habitat. Plenty of  ‘expecteds’, but no hoped for Asiatic vagrants. Shachar Alterman went to the very same spot the next day and found a juvenile Rufous Turtle Dove. The … Continue reading

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Controversial Rufous Turtle Dove

Not always easy… This one is for the Turtle Dove connoisseurs. I have said it before- I think it would be relatively easy to overlook some examples of  Rufous Turtle Dove ssp. ‘meena‘. The wintering Oriental Turtle Dove ssp. orientalis in Oxford has refocused attention on the … Continue reading

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Tail pattern on Oriental Turtle Dove

It’s all in the smudge That’s the little grey smudge on the outer web of that outer most tail feather. I have only seen one photo which has ‘caught it’. Maybe there are others. Can you see it- that little smudgey … Continue reading

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Oriental Turtle Dove

1st winter Rainbow Bird Very enjoyable day out with Roy and Ray. The Oriental Turtle Dove performed admirably, despite somewhat inclement weather. With a rainbow-like set of colours over its plumage, this stunning bird starlit Steve’s garden in Chipping Norton (from another v.grateful birder- thanks Steve and family). This one’s an Oriental … Continue reading

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