Saturday, November 07, 2009

I Am In Serious Need Of HELP!

Yes, I finally do admit it. I need help. I'm sure that all my regular readers will have figured this out yonks ago, but I thought it is time to make it official!

HELP!!!!!

Normally (HA!) when I put up pics of critters for you to identify I already know what the critter is. Cuz I'm all smart like that.

But not this time. And I don't have time to wade through tomes of information to identify these critters. Why? Cus I'm in the middle of turning into a big, tanned prune (a highly chlorinated one at that) and I don't want to interrupt the process.

So I'm asking for YOUR help!

3 of these flying critters showed up in the backyard yesterday and I haven't seen them since.

some kinda dove

Now, obviously they are some kind of pigeon or dove. And, of course, they appear to be of a domestic variety.

The problem is they aren't listed in any of my Aussie bird books (yes, they list imports too) as to the exact variety. So I was really hoping that some of my readers might get together and shine so light on the subject!

Kinda like this:
sun through an oak
Just imagine some angels singing.

And if y'all can identify the exact type I will be forever grateful! And I promise to stop mooning the camera!

Hmmmmm, better get the mooning out of my system now...

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koala mooning you

8 comments:

Ishmael said...

I'm going to guess they're some sort of domesticated pigeon doves.

dragonfly said...

I'm going to counter Ishmael's guess and surmise that they are dove pigeons, probably domesticated.

Pretty sunshine picture *heavenly music*

Love the moon picture, too. Koala's are apparently adorable from all angles.

Anonymous said...

Nice sun pictures. No sun here, snow in the mountains.

scienceguy288 said...

I barely know the birds over here and you expect me to know some Australian bird? Phhh.

However, I can see the cherubim coming down in a sun ray right now.

Anonymous said...

They look like collared doves (common here in the UK). Maybe a bit paler than the wild ones we see. Try a Google search and see what you think.

And thanks for the great pics and laughs.

YAFB

la isla d'lisa said...

I can only find two to choose from: the Eurasian Collared-Dove or the Ringed Turtle-Dove. The RTD is the smaller and lighter-colored of the two (which makes me think that's what you have), but otherwise they look almost identical; but the RTD also isn't supposed to be able to survive in the 'wild' very well. So your pick.

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Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Fishmael: Oh, what great powers of observation you have.

Dragonflying: *see above comment to Ish* And yes, koalas ARE cute from any angle. Heavenly music??? Should I upload a recording of my violin practice?

Anonymous #1: I'll trade you the sun for a nice cool snowbank to jump into.

ScienceBloke: And here I thought you were the master of all things Avian.

Anonymous #2: Cool! I've now looked at images of the Eurasian Collared Doves, the African Collared Doves, and the Barbary Doves. I do believe these are ECD. Thanks for the tip, and always happy to keep folks laughing.

la isla d'lisa: I'm going with the ECD. They were also larger than the usual turtledove down here. Not as dark as the African Collared nor the domesticated Barbary.

girl du jour: HHAAHHAHAHAAHHA!!!! Is that a pic of your ex?