This Is The Life - Wild Pigeon - NZ by AndreaEL

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To us this is the modern human cliff-dweller in the canyons of the world’s city parks, high rise buildings and shopping malls, we often find this humble creature the pigeon which is a familiar site, bobbing amongst the park benches with its deliberate, comical gait, searching for stale bread and other such urban flotsam. Their astonishing capacity to turn urban garbage into a bird feast and banquet has become their daily bread.

This is not their natural habitat, look closely and you might see the ghost of a beautiful and noble bird beneath the grime of the city. The iridescent sheen of the nape, the soft gray plumage, the handsome wing bars. It is believed that the lowly pigeon was amongt the very first animals to be domesticated by humans, appearing in the first known written documents in Mesopotamia more than 5000 years ago, and it has a fascinating history. In primeval times the “rock dove”, as our pigeon’s wild ancestors are known, they lived in colonies on rocky sea cliffs and some still do in parts of the world. This is one of the reasons it has adapted so well to cities, roosting on the ledges of skyscrapers, modern buildings and under bridges.
Pigeons are often overlooked because they are so common, some would call them a nuisance at times. Take a closer look they really are beautiful brids with their iridescent sheen and soft gray plumage. The pigeons in the Dunedin city park have plenty of natural flora and fauna.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 April 2011 Dunedin City Park New Zealand.

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 3 years ago

    good shot Ms Andrea :)

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment Jenny, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    A real beauty, Andrea! Great shot!

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind comment Dot, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 3 years ago

    OMG, – I actually said this outloud when I saw this caputre…..WELL DONE!

  • Thank you Loree for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Maria Elena  Black
    Maria Elena B...over 3 years ago


  • Thank you Maria for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej Photography
    Linda Makiej ...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!

  • Thank you Linda for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    yes they are lovely, l was looking at the rock doves which l,m sure are much the same, beautiful plummage and such gentle birds

  • Thank you Lynn for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – AndreaEL

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    just so beautiful all of it and the write Normaje.

  • Thank you Normaje for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Wonderful info and a lovely shot Andrea!

  • Thank you Elizabeth for your lovely kind words, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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