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Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeon
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Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 197] (943)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF75-300 III USM, Hoya 58mm Cir-Polarizing
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 16:27
Viewed: 3274
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
“Rock Pigeon” is the name of this photograph. Around here most pigeons are dark and this one is the exception. Naturally a photograph is warrant.
A common sight in urban areas throughout the world, the Rock Pigeon was introduced into North America in the early 1600s. City buildings and their window ledges mimic the rocky cliffs used by wild pigeons.
Some cool facts include:
Because of their domestic roots, and because people have bred pigeons for many different colors and adornments, feral Rock Pigeons can have a variety of plumages.
The Rock Pigeon makes a flimsy nest, but it often reuses the location repeatedly, building a new nest on top of the first. Because the pigeons do not try to remove the feces of their nestlings, the nest turns into a sturdy, pot like mound that gets larger month by month. Unhatched eggs and mummies of dead nestlings may also get cemented into the nest.
The Rock Pigeon has such a long history of association with humans, having been used for food and entertainment for over 5,000 years that the original range of the species is impossible to determine. Escaped (feral) pigeons from pigeon breeders readily form flocks, and wild birds may join them.
Homing pigeons, domestic Rock Pigeons, are well known for their ability to find their way home from long distances. Despite these demonstrated abilities, wild Rock Pigeons are rather sedentary and rarely leave their local areas.
This photograph was cropped, sharpened , framed and saved for the web .

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Very nice composition. Beautiful color and detail in this one. Good DOF works well to isolate the subject from the BG. And it's a lovely pigeon as well, very pretty.

TFS, Mish

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