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This is Pip, a young speckled pigeon that has made his home with us. One night, as we sat eating at the table, it flew down on to our porch and refused to leave. It was obviously very young, and very tame – I can only assume somebody hand-reared it and then tried to release it. Unfortunately, pigeons have a homing instinct, and this one has picked our home, and is sticking with it. Luckily we have a nice big aviary where he can roost every night, as he is as little afraid of our cats and dogs as he is of us. Most days we let him out to fly around the garden and play with the children, but he always, always comes home.

Camera Model Canon EOS 500D
Shooting Date/Time 2011/08/31 04:15:22 PM
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/100
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.0
ISO Speed 200
Lens EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Processed using Photoshop CS2 and the new Topaz Black and White tool.

In between cooking, shopping, doing laundry, washing dishes, changing nappies and schooling my children I sometimes find a spare moment to doodle, draw or photograph something or someone. Those are the moments that keep me going, even if they are few and far between. Food for the artist mom’s soul.

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  • mellychan
    mellychanover 3 years ago

    oh how sweet – both of them. do you know the book franny b kranny, there’s a bird in your hair? this reminds me of it :)

  • Thanks, mellychan, we do have that book! My kids enjoy it, it’s very cute. : ) I thought of it, too, while I was working on this picture!

    – micklyn

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 3 years ago

    LOL…. how adorable……. What a great life’s experience for your family…. wonderful story and a fabulous capture!!!! Love the title also!!!!
    Brenda

  • : ) Thanks very much, Brenda!

    – micklyn

  • Calin Jugarean
    Calin Jugareanover 3 years ago

    Such a precious picture!

  • thanks, Calin!

    – micklyn

  • Mojca Savicki
    Mojca Savickiover 3 years ago

    Great shot and story :-)))!

  • thanks!!

    – micklyn

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 3 years ago

    What a lovely story, although this life is not healthy for the bird unless you plan to keep it as a house pet. I love the picture – not one you see every day. Great facial expression you caught.
    Great work micklyn ☺

  • I wish we could keep it as a house pet (it wants to be inside, and takes every chance it gets to come inside) but we have too many cats for it to be safe inside!! It is indigenous to South Africa and I wish we could release it, but it just won’t go! It seems very healthy and happy, we feed it wild bird seed and it is so affectionate and cute… gets jealous if it doesn’t get enough attention!! Thanks for your comment, Kira!

    – micklyn

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosover 3 years ago

    Great picture and facial expression,
    John.

  • thanks very much, John!

    – micklyn

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 3 years ago

    very cute..gorgeous!

  • thank you!

    – micklyn

  • Larry3
    Larry3over 3 years ago

    Thanks for the description – excellent composition

  • thanks, Larry, for your kind comment!

    – micklyn

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful story! and beautiful photo!!

  • thanks, Ellen, so much!

    – micklyn

  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplarover 3 years ago

    LOL. This is like I remember my sister when she had to have her hair combed for school. It was a screamfest. Great shot.

  • Yes, the long curly hair thing… it does cause some tears sometimes!! all my children have curly hair, sigh… Thanks so much for your comment! : )

    – micklyn

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