Peaceful Dove in our garden

Peaceful Dove, Cleland Wildlife Park

Peaceful Dove, Cleland Wildlife Park

Last week I heard the lovely sound of a Peaceful Dove in our garden. I went chasing after it with my camera but it wouldn’t sit still long enough or in good light for me to get a good shot of it. So I’ve had to use several photos taken several years ago in a walk through aviary at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills.

While this dove is common and widespread in our district they don’t seem to come into our garden all that often. We usually hear and see the resident Spotted Turtledoves and Crested Pigeons every day, but this beautiful bird seems to be a little shy about staying around for very long. Because of this we are always delighted when we hear its soft call in the trees near the house, and even more delighted when it comes close enough to see.

Peaceful Dove, Cleland Wildlife Park

Peaceful Dove, Cleland Wildlife Park


8 Responses to “Peaceful Dove in our garden”

  1. Susan Maas says:

    What an interesting bird with an interesting name. A gentleman I know from an online list sent me the link to your blog, and I am enjoying learning about birds in Australia, as all my birdwatching has been in North America. You have some lovely photos; thanks for sharing them!

  2. Andy Gibb says:

    Agreed. These are just the cutest. I first heard their gorgeous calls at a campsite up in Kyogle, NSW. Toodle-oo. I can still hear it now!

  3. Snail says:

    They are very sweet little birds. The ones up here are either confident in their camouflage or a bit too brave for their own good because they don’t fly away until you’ve almost trodden on them!

  4. Trevor says:

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your kind comments. I hope you can see that I am passionate about Australian birds and love sharing this passion with the rest of the world. I try to update every day but this has been hard this year due to the demands of my other writing commitments.

  5. Trevor says:

    Thanks Andy. The call seems to me to typify the Australian bush. It’s lovely to hear it when out hiking or camping, even nicer in one’s garden. Toodle-doo-to-yoo-too.

  6. Trevor says:

    Hi Snail – those around here are a little on the shy side compared to yours. They must come to ground to feed but I mostly see them in trees.

    On a different but related topic: there must be someone working in the channel 7 sound department who loves the call of the Peaceful Dove. I don’t watch “Home and Away” much but every episode I have seen invariably has the call of a Peaceful dove in it somewhere – even some indoor scenes! I’ve also heard it on many ABCTV programmes. I guess it’s better than the ubiquitous kookaburra call of films in the 50s and 60s.

  7. Snail says:

    I recall that the kookas used to feature in Tarzan movies. Mind you, they often had tigers too, so a kookaburra wasn’t too bad.

  8. Trevor says:

    Aaah – the good old movies of a by-gone era. [Shakes head] Back to reality again – had a wave of nostalgia just briefly wash over me.

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