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Image Taken on 17 Dec 2016 at 14:37    Image of day on 27 Jan 2017

We are very fond of Collared Doves, here billing and cooing at the meadow site. Sometimes perching over the microphone we use to hear activity outside over the CCTV, the sound is loud but rather pleasing.

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Image Taken on 16 Feb 2015 at 08:51    Image of day on 27 Mar 2015

The Collared doves being their usual loving selves - their loving coos regularly arrive over the CCTV monitors, as we hear as we prepared this text.

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Image Taken on 06 Apr 2007 at 08:28    Image of day on 21 Apr 2007

We adore these delicate collared doves which appear to be paired and probably have a nest somewhere.

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Image Taken on 16 Oct 2008 at 16:27    Image of day on 05 Nov 2008

A pair of collared doves canoodling on the top the mains cable post. We seem to have quite a few pairs now, with this pair usually to be found near this post. Who doesn't enjoy a scratch where you can't reach!

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Image Taken on 30 May 2008 at 14:09    Image of day on 05 Jun 2008

This pair of collared doves seem to have commandeered the 'raptor post' and spend much of the day there in contentment and affectionate mutual preening.

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2010 at 18:02    Image of day on 23 Nov 2010

A few collared doves have reappeared after a short summer absence. This one perching on the main electric wires took off nicely on cue for the camera. Montage at about 7 fps is horizontally stretched to show the whole bird each time.

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Image Taken on 19 Mar 2011 at 16:13    Image of day on 16 Apr 2011

Collared doves have graced our site for many years, and breed in the trees. These beautiful delicate birds are unfortunately prey for sparrowhawks, but within a week or two of one being taken another will appear to make a pair. There is often a 'pool' of unpaired birds waiting to take up any vacancy.

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Image Taken on 16 Jan 2013 at 08:05    Image of day on 10 Feb 2013

We got several (not very good) photos of this Collared dove before the Grey Squirrel's arrival, and none thereafter. A pair of Collared doves like a conifer tree a few meters from this site, and from the house 30m away we often see them 'playing' there from the house. Baby Collared Doves later this year?

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Image Taken on 26 Feb 2009 at 09:01    Image of day on 18 Mar 2009

We seem to have a number of pairs of collared doves. This pair visited one of the photo sites and took their portraits.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2007 at 19:13    Image of day on 31 Jul 2007

Aaaahhhh - a romantic supper of cherries for this pair of collared doves.

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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2009 at 12:37    Image of day on 07 Feb 2009

This pair of Collared doves were definitely in amorous mood and they spent 10 minutes snuggling and cooing in an willow grown from root stock of an ornamental. They didn't mate this time.

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Image Taken on 26 Feb 2014 at 16:03    Image of day on 08 Apr 2014

On an overcast day these two Collared Doves spent a minute or two 'playing' at the top of our concrete electricity supply pole, frequently brushing their wings delicately over one another.

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Image Taken on 10 Mar 2009 at 17:32    Image of day on 30 Mar 2009

This pair of collared doves were 'playing' in the wind at sunset with the orange sunlight 'playing' over them.

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Image Taken on 29 Dec 2014 at 08:59    Image of day on 13 Feb 2015

Two Collared Doves - probably a pair.
The bird on the left has an abnormal down-curving upper beak - we think the bottom beak tip was broken off and this is how the beak reacts.
The bird on the right is a colour we have never noticed before - a beautiful soft brown described as Grey-buff in some books. Genuine colour seen less well in some other frames.
To us Collared Doves have been about ever since we started identifying birds seriously in the 1970s, but apparently these delicate birds were first observed in the UK in 1955, having 'originated' from India.
Like another 'import' - Little Owls - we think they are lovely!

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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2018 at 19:44    Image of day on 11 Sep 2018

A pair of Collared Doves literally 'billing and Cooing' in a sweet moment.

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Image Taken on 13 Apr 2015 at 18:05    Image of day on 04 Jun 2015

The pair of Robins at this site billing and cooing (or whatever Robins do) photo-bombed by the much closer Wood Pigeon. Genuine unaltered frame.

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Image Taken on 07 Oct 2018 at 22:06    Image of day on 29 Nov 2018

This adult Fox (with a bit of Mange at his rear - all Foxes here seem to get it as they get older) checks out the Pigeons remains but leaves it. There is no meat left worth taking.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2019 at 21:44    Image of day on 17 Aug 2019

This Fox seems to have a Pigeon in its mouth as it trots away from Round Pond.

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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2018 at 01:16    Image of day on 23 Nov 2018

This Fox stopped for a look at bird strike Wood Pigeon, but rather surprisingly didn't even try to drag it away. We think this a youngster, and it didn't know what to do?

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2020 at 07:24    Image of day on 08 Jul 2020

David and Goliath at the kitchen bird table?
On the Left is an adult female Great Spotted Woodpecker.
On the right one of dozens of Wood Pigeons.
Genuine single frame - GSWs are spunky!

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