WARNING : YOU MAY FIND THE FOLLOWING IMAGES UPSETTING
This unfortunate individual arrived in my garden, under the birdfeeders, at about 3.30 this afternoon. I don't know how it got, or what caused, the growth on the underside of its beak. However it seemed otherwise to be fit and healthy apart from carrying its head on a slightly shorter (hunched) neck.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see if it could feed properly as it was chased away by the amorous resident alpha male that 'rules' over the local Collared Doves. It did however rest for a short time on a fence post just outside my kitchen window enabling me to snap a few images through the double glazing and the gathering gloom.
It's always upsetting to see injured animals, especially when you cannot do anything to help them. I just hope that it's not in any pain and hopefully manages to make a full recovery.