These are Collared Doves (Streptopelia decaocto) from Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve in Yorkshire. If you are in the UK, I highly recommend a visit to this site - although the puffins and gannets are the stars I really liked catching up with birds like these.
The Collared Dove has undergone a huge expansion in range in the last 100 years or so. It was first recorded as a breeding species in the UK in 1955, but now it has spread over most of the country. In the game of winners and losers in the game of environmental change, it would seem that the Collared Dove is a winner.
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What a gorgeous dove and aptly named! We only have mourning doves.ReplyDelete
Collared Doves are a huge success story everywhere. Even in Lanzarote very recently, the Collared Dove is one of the commonest birds. It seems like they exploit a niche wherever they go. Like you say Stewart, a world beater in less than 50 years.ReplyDelete
Hello Stewart, they are pretty doves. I believe I have seen them somewhere during my travels. Great shots. Have a happy day and week ahead!ReplyDelete
The Collared Doves go quietly about their business.I have a couple thatcome every day tomygarden but one of my bird group has 16 in his garden!! Lovely shotsof them Thanks for hosting Stewart.ReplyDelete
I love doves. They are pretty, and their coos are so relaxing. CheersReplyDelete
Beautiful captures! It's a lovely bird.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the dove break. But we're still enjoying the island. As always.ReplyDelete
I am thankful that your Dove is different than my Dove or we might be accused of colluding. I repeat, I love the Doves and your Collared Dove is a beauty. I think the Doves, like the Pigeons, are survivors and thankfully so (though some might disagree with me about the pigeons). Our environment is so fragile at this point it is scary to think about the species we are losing and will continue to lose at the hands of human degradation ... A sad day in human history.ReplyDelete
I did respond to your Thailand comment if you have a moment to check it out ... meanwhile, I am curious about your "turning point" :)
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Such a pretty dove! Nice close up shots too Stewart! I always love it when I see a flock of doves fly by.ReplyDelete
The Collared Doves are taking over the world.....at the Eurasian ones are:) I cannot believe how much they've spread throughout the United States! A beautiful dove for sure.ReplyDelete
Very pretty bird!ReplyDelete
We have tons of doves around here but not that one. Nice pictures and a very pretty dove at that. I don't have any birds to share this week. Probably next week though.ReplyDelete
I think he is beautiful -- we saw them in Oregon for the first time summer before last -- and I took a bunch of pictures, only to be told that it is considered an invasive species there. Sigh! It is still beautiful and a winner in my book!ReplyDelete
Beautiful bird. Doves are a favorite of mine.ReplyDelete
Beautiful bird! And great photos of him (her?)ReplyDelete
Hello Stewart!:)Beautiful captures of this pretty dove. They are numerous where I live,.. and it seems they are flourishing everywhere.ReplyDelete
Also plenty of them here in France. DianeReplyDelete
they are spreading here, too.ReplyDelete
An unassuming little ecological mastermind! But a pretty one at that :)ReplyDelete
I think I saw them when I was living in Canada? Or maybe that's a related species?
They are spreading throughout the US rapidly as well.ReplyDelete
A masterclass in world domination!ReplyDelete
Sure looks like a winner too.ReplyDelete
I like the collar.
Thanks for hosting WBW.
Have a Happy Week, Stewart!
Working from my iPhone, I posted the wrong link. Vacationing at Sanibel Island on Florida's Gulf Coast. Lots of Eurasian Collard-Doves this morning but few other birds. Having a grand time despite limited connectivity. Thanks for sharing these great photos.ReplyDelete
Nice shots of this beautiful dove, one of my favorites. I once had a pair of Collared Doves visit my yard daily and I really enjoyed watching them.ReplyDelete
Great photos! Here in Finland are only about 100 pairs of Collared Dove.ReplyDelete
Great photos of this pretty dove. I remember seeing them on my last trip to the UK. We only get the morning doves in our area. I love to hear them cooing.ReplyDelete
Doves are so precious and innocent looking. Great shots!ReplyDelete
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Great images, Stewart! We have a lot of the Spotted Doves in our yard but I haven't seen these ones.ReplyDelete
Similar to our morning dove but with a neat little collar!ReplyDelete
What pretty shots.ReplyDelete
Stewart, what an attractive dove. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
We should learn their secret.ReplyDelete
Doves are so pretty, these especially. I wish they weren't so nervous, I'm always afraid of giving one a heart attack! I try to observe them from afar! Have a great weekend, Stewart!ReplyDelete
Beautiful looking DoveReplyDelete
These doves have really taken over America. I went to see one of the first ones in Texas in the late 1990's, Now they are common everywhere along the Texas coast. I was surprised to her their coo-coo, COO in western Oregon. And I documented the first know one at Red Rock Lakes NWR on the Montana/Idaho border last summer.ReplyDelete
But they are beautiful and apparently very good to eat. ( We got them as escaped birds being raised for food.) And I always advise that we eat our invasive species to help keep them under control. In fact, they are known as loathsome doves in some states and one can shoot them at any time of the year and there is no bag limit.