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Wood Pigeon, Sun-Bathing

Wood Pigeon, Sun-Bathing

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I've seen them doing that....
Lisl: It was during that very hot weather we had this summer
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Aug 2018, 04:03
Pigeons seem to be sun lovers, Lisl.
Lisl: They certainly were undeterred in their feeding during the hot weather, unlike the small birds
He looks so happy there! Nice shot, Lisl!
Lisl: Thank you, Elizabeth. They know they are safe in our garden (as long as they don't bring all their mates!)
  • Martine
  • France
  • 20 Aug 2018, 05:40
Jolie photo de ce pigeon qui se repose au soleil.
Lisl: Thank yo, Martine
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Aug 2018, 06:24
Just look at that parched grass!
Lisl: It's not a lot better now!
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 20 Aug 2018, 06:38
That is a wonderful picture, Lisl. I assume you also had water for them during these hot days?
Lisl: Thank you, Astrid, and of course. The bird bath was always topped up, and even the pond got a topping up twice
Sunbathing! I'm so glad you knew, Lisl, because I would have thought it had fallen and was injured.
Lisl: Yes, Ginnie - just enjoying the sun
Bain de soleil ..peut être a t il soif ?
Belle photo
Lisl: Just enjoying the sun, Claudine. The bird bath full of water was nearby
He looks knackered Lisl
Lisl: The heat did that to me, too
He is superb. What a beautiful plumage
Lisl: We often ignore Wood Pigeons, as they can be pests, but they are very beautiful
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Aug 2018, 07:40
It might be not too hot for the bird - very relaxing!
Lisl: He seemed OK, Philine
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Aug 2018, 07:52
Well I would never have thought that. Perhaps the layers of fat act as insulators against the heat? Hopefully the grass will green up again once better weather returns.
Lisl: Greening up already, Alan - and then the long cycle of grass cutting will continue
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Aug 2018, 08:21
I think it’s dead Lisl.
Lisl: No way, Chad
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 20 Aug 2018, 09:33
Magnifique capture
Lisl: Merci bien, JP
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 20 Aug 2018, 11:08
that eye looks a bit unusual to me, Lisl. we have some rains in the south of the Netherlands and it is beginning to look much better.
Lisl: It certainly was beady. We, too, have had rain, and our lawns almost need cutting again
An attractive bird, more so than the usual ones that pinch all the food from our bird feeders!
Lisl: We get just the odd Wood Pigeon feeding here, so not a problem
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Aug 2018, 11:48
At first glance I thought it might be a decoy bird (I know you can get decoy ducks, do you even get decoy pigeons?)

Lovely picture
Lisl: Don't know, Anne, but thank you very much
The birds have been doing that quite a lot in the heatwave - I saw a sparrow and a blackbird doing this within minutes of one another. It is said that they do it because the heat results in the parasites coming out of the feathers, making it easier for the birds to get at them when preening.
Lisl: Thanks for that info, Tom - I didn't know. It makes sense
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Aug 2018, 13:33
So you grow brown lawn. A can of green spray paint can take care of it.

Whenever I see a pigeon like this, I first think the poor thing hit a branch, a telephone line or something. They also allow a person to get quite close. But then it blinks an eye ...
Lisl: And it had quite an eye to blink, Louis
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Aug 2018, 01:31
The first time I saw a bird behaving this way I thought it was ill.

In my case it is blackbirds. although they fan their wings out when they do this.
Lisl: Yes - I have seen blackbirds do just what you describe
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 21 Aug 2018, 03:10
good to know it's not injured
Lisl: It had a good bright eye to let me know it was OK
My, it's a beauty. It almost looks duck-like here.
Lisl: Certainly more striking than the usual Wood Pigeon

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