Tag Archives: pigeons

Abort, abort!

Friday 17th January 2020, 1.45pm (day 3,067)

Aborted landing, 17/1/20

If this fake owl sitting at the top of a building on Bridge Gate ever did deter the local pigeon troops from settling there, it’s long since stopped working. In fact, this photo was supposed to be of a whole bunch of them sat around and on it. But a second before I clicked the shutter, one of those intangible signals went through them all and off they flew, leaving me just with these last two in take-off mode. But I like it, as it makes it appear as if they have in fact decided to abort a landing — maybe, just maybe, because of the ‘owl’.

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Pigeon battalion

Friday 20th December 2019, 1.20pm (day 3,039)

Pigeon battalion, 20/12/19

A veritable battalion of pigeons, in tidy military formation (well, most of them), line up on the roof of the White Swan for the next instalment in the ongoing pigeon/duck war. Recent infiltrations must have provided promising intelligence. The person in the hat walks over the bridge all indifferent, but I have been observing.

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Bath time

Monday 20th May 2019, 2.45pm (day 2,825)

Bathing pigeons, 20/5/19

“You know, Pamela, there’s nothing like a nice cool bath to smooth out the ruffles after a hard day’s scavenging.”

“Ooooo, I know, duck. Let me just….. ahhh, that’s better.”

“Love the eye-shadow too. Grey’s your colour.”

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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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