The Crested Pigeon has not been a regular Gippsland bird. Although the bird would be classed as a widespread species, most distribution maps show that we are not supposed to have them around here.
For some several months now I have been seeing a single bird quite regularly around the golf course. Today, a pair let me get quite close provided I stayed aboard the motor bike. Like many other birds on the course, as I loudly motor by, they tend to ignore me or perhaps fly off just a few metres. I think I’ve become a part of the habitat. Don’t reckon it would work down at the wetlands, but!
The cresteds seem to be advancing ever further toward the coastal zone of southern Victoria. Their whistling wing noise as they fly off is apparently regarded as a warning signal. Whatever, they are a welcome invader to my little corner of the world. Thus far, the bully-boy Noisy Miners and Rainbow Lorikeets haven’t convinced them to move on.