Over the garden fence

The plants that got away

Bronwen Scott
6 min readFeb 21, 2024

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White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela) on Duranta, Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott.

Sometimes I startle the White-headed Pigeons while they are feeding in the neighbours’ garden and they fly off with a clatter of wings. I apologise for disturbing them. It’s a reflex; they might be birds but that’s no reason to forget my manners.

The pigeons are picking berries from the Duranta in my neighbour’s garden. Duranta, also known as Golden Dewdrop…

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com