I had never heard of the Stock Dove until I saw a photo of one on ShySongbird's Twitterings so you could have knocked me down with a feather when one joined the Wood Pigeons on the lawn yesterday scavenging for scattered seed.
What had caught my eye was the glow from the neck feathers which looked like a piece of shiny sweet wrapper changing colour as it caught the sunlight from different directions. Often a metallic green and sometimes an iridescent pink. The bird started near the bottom of the garden and was obviously very nervous so I had to move about slowly in the kitchen as I took some photographs. Gradually it came closer and stayed long enough for me to get some video which should be available tomorrow and shows much better the colourful glow from those neck feathers.
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