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Wompoo fruit-dove        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Australia has a rich array of pigeons and doves, and this one -- the wompoo, or subperb fruit-dove -- is among the largest and most colorful.   It is a fruit-eating rainforest and wet-forest bird found along the eastern coast.   The photo at upper right, although of poor quality, shows one of these birds eating a quandong fruit.   They swallow even these rather large fruits whole, and are a major factor in distributing the seeds of rainforest trees.   I took the photos on the Atherton Tableleands and in nearby Cape Tribulation National Park in far-north Queensland.

  • Canon 40D or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X extender or 800 mm lens, some with 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2009, 2015, 2016)