Laughing Dove

The Laughing Dove, or Senegal Turtledove, is not a native of Australia. It is, in fact, native to Africa and India.

Apparently, back inĀ 1898, Perth Zoo released a number of pairs into the wild. Given the natural catastrophes, caused by the introduction of other non-indiginous species into the Australian continent, one has to ask …. “What were you thinking ?”

Now, for some, these pretty birds are referred to as “flying rats”. And, in the same way as the ground based version, viewed as vermin.

Just like the Rock Dove back in the UK, they nest on any flat surface, their excrement gathers wherever they nest and smears the outsides of buildings and monuments.

Thanks to Perth Zoo, these birds are to be found over most of Western Australia.

Perth Zoo – Sumatran Tiger

Perth Zoo - Tiger

Quite pleased with this, considering the photo was taken through possibly the dirtiest piece of glass ever. The Tiger was intent on some point in space and was not phased by numerous people standing directly in front.

Perth Zoo – Tricia 2

Perth Zoo - Tricia 2

The signs say she doesn’t stop for photo’s and that you shouldn’t touch her. However, I don’t think Tricia knows the rules. I was lucky enough to observe her stopping to say hello to these lucky folks. Possibly she was hoping that they had a snack, any how she spent quite a few minutes here before slowly moving off. A lovely moment.

Perth Zoo – Tricia

Perth Zoo - Tricia

Tricia, an Asian Elephant at Perth Zoo (November 2013), taking her daily constitutional. Apparently she turned 56 this year. It’s not often you can get up close and personal with an animal this size.

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