Wood Pigeon, just beyond our back fence; 30 Jan 2010.

The snowy Ash trees make an abstract, with slightly stronger and darker vertical elements either side of the bird, which is nervously looking back at me over its shoulder.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO.

UPDATE: this image was first posted not far off four years ago – which comes as something of a shock – it was amongst this blog’s very first public utterances.  Looking at it now with slightly different eyes, I’m tempted to reprocess it, perhaps with slightly more contrast and structure, although not being totally convinced that that would improve it >>>  I’m going to leave it as it is.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Meanderer says:

    What a lovely image, Adrian. I like the blue colour palette and the vertical composition. Wood pigeons aren’t everyone’s favourite bird – particularly farmers – but I like them very much. I love their call, and the way they sit on a branch fluffed up in the cold for hours on end in seeming contentment (during Winter that is. They are preoccupied daily with other things outside the Winter season 🙂 ).

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  2. paula graham says:

    Glad you got such a pretty shot of this much maligned and persecuted bird. They are most welcome on my patch.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Paula, thank you. They are welcome on our garden too, and frequently there. But I must also confess to they’re being the only British wild bird that I’ve eaten – when they were served as a trendy main course at a computer conference – is SPSS a name to anyone out there??? – that I attended many years ago – I must say that I was distinctly underwhelmed! Adrian


  3. As is perfect. 👍❤️


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