BIRDS 102 – WOOD PIGEON

 

 


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Adult Wood Pigeon amongst the autumn leaves and raggedly cut grass on our back “lawn”, photographed through the double glazing of the kitchen window – opening the window even a tiny bit would send these birds rocketing frantically away!  Here I tapped very, very gently on the inside of the window to attract their attention and, after a brief glance towards me, they carried on foraging.

A small flock of these pigeons have taken to visiting our back grass, and its a real pleasure seeing them there.

This is in fact an agricultural pest, a bird that anyone can shoot.  And this is a species that I’ve actually eaten but, well, that was nothing to write home about – and anyway I’d far rather be looking at them!

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it yet again – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Bristol; 23 Nov 2017.
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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.

4 Responses to BIRDS 102 – WOOD PIGEON

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I’m wondering what the relation is between this and our Rock pigeon. They infest cities like New York, but seem a much more benign presence in the farm land and suburbs. This is a sweet portrait; the bird looks quite cozy!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m glad you like this – thank you, Lynn! The best way to find about the relation to your bird is via the scientific name – this is Columba palumbus. I doubt this is the same species as your Rock Pigeon though – although your’s may well be another Columba, because our bird is really attracted to gardens and countryside, never to rocks. Might your bird be the same as our Feral Pigeon, formerly the Rock Dove, Columba livia? This is the common pigeon around our towns – pure bred Rock Doves are now only found on remote western coasts.

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  2. paula graham says:

    Yea, I like my pigeons..they do not do much harm, farmers lose more corn on the way to their drying sheds than the pigeons would ever eat. Let them be , I say.

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