Tag Archives: pigeons

Piccadilly Pigeons

Friday 4th January 2019, 1.20pm (day 2,689)

Piccadilly pigeons, 4/1/19

Back into Manchester for work-related reasons for the first time since 18th December. The Christmas holidays are over for us all. These pigeons ponder the possibility of a dip in the fountains of Piccadilly Gardens, but understandably refuse — it was a chilly day, winter has its bite back to some extent.

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Pigeons fighting in the rain

Monday 14th May 2018, 11.40am (day 2,454)

Fighting pigeons, 14/5/18

I’m aware this photo could have been taken anywhere, but it happens to be in Zagreb, Croatia: making this the first place to begin with Z that has appeared on the blog in its 2,454 days.

The pigeons of Zagreb, at least, the ones pictured here, may have decided for many reasons to have a fight but amongst those may have been the fact that on this late morning it was absolutely throwing it down with rain, as is visible here (and it’s not always easy to see rain on photographs unless it’s very heavy). I have been here 24 hours now and there’s certainly been copious amounts of moisture pouring out of the sky. I think there are three birds visible on this shot, but I must admit I’m not entirely sure.

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Terminal D, Sheremetyevo

Wednesday 25th October 2017, 2.10pm (day 2,253)

Sheremetyevo pigeons, 25/10/17

And so, after two days of photographing monuments — and, y’know, doing a bit of work — I head home again. My colleague and I were wondering how these pigeons got into the Sheremetyevo airport buildings, but maybe they don’t even bother leaving; I should imagine there is more than enough here to feed and shelter them, rather like that Tom Hanks character in The Terminal. Warmer than a Moscow winter, anyway.

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Feeding time

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 3.35pm (day 2,014)

Feeding time, 28/2/17

Whatever it is he is offering, there seems a general indifference to it among the bird population of Hebden Bridge town centre.

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Failed ruse

Tuesday 10th January 2017, 2.25pm (day 1,965)

Scare owl, 10/1/17

“Pssst. Do you think the humans know that we have seen through their devious ruse?”

“I don’t know. If we keep looking nervous, perhaps neither they nor the evil ducks will notice how we’ve reoccupied this strategic vantage point.”

“Why the frig anyone thought a plastic owl would scare us during the daytime, I’ve no…”

“Ssssh!”

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By Hebden Water

Monday 1st August 2016, 5.00pm (day 1,803)

By Hebden Water, 1/8/16

Back home, and from one of the world’s major historical waterways (the Tagus) to another (the Hebden Water) that is maybe not as significant, but still as photogenic in its own way. We could have done with better weather though — as has been true for two months — which may explain the expressions here.

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Pigeons on the Old Bridge

Wednesday 11th November 2015, 11.05am (day 1,539)

Pigeons on bridge, 11/11/15

I feel these guys are lining up, ready to attack me a la Hitchcock. But they posed well enough for a photo this morning.

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Feeding time at the old bridge

Saturday 8th November 2014, 11.10am (day 1,171)

Feeding time, 8/11/14

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Pigeons at the South Australia Museum, Adelaide

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 3.45pm (day 527)

Pigeons, SA museum, 2/2/13

 

Translocated myself (via Qantas) to Adelaide this morning. My original plans were to spend this week checking out the Queensland coast but Cyclone Oswald put paid to that, so here I am in South Australia instead. It feels very different – not sub-tropical like Brisbane is, but more Mediterranean, much less humid, and with these big wide boulevards and low-key, but attractive, architecture. But then again it was a 3-hour flight, and a 3-hour flight from Manchester gets me to (say) Corfu, so I suppose it’s no surprise that the environment has altered somewhat.

More evidence of this – we are back with pigeons (as opposed to ibises) as the bird-pest of choice. This huge flock of them were wheeling on and off the cornices of the South Australia Museum this afternoon, as I came out, having done the tourist bit.

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Feeding the birds

Sunday 6th January 2013, 12.30pm (day 500)

Feeding birds, 6/1/13

Five hundred days. Well well. An ordinary day to mark this milestone, however. Captured this shot on the way to the supermarket; a more in-focus version of this shot, taken from the same spot some nine months ago.

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