'I don't belieeeeve it!'  by Rivendell7

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Wood pigeon doing a Richard Wilson impersonation? ;-)

Strange to think that from centuries ago until around the 1930s, country folk made pies out of these birds. For the not-so-well-off, pigeon pie was a well-used menu in rural areas….guess this also helped preserve peoples home-grown vegetables from being eaten by pigeons….

Exmoor, UK, July 2013.
Canon 550D + Canon 75-300mm IS (earliest version, about 20 years old).


I am a keen amateur photographer enjoying wildlife and nature images taken in West Somerset and on Exmoor.
I am a grandfather and enjoy my reclusive life on the edge of Exmoor, among the wildlife, birds, and nature.
I hope to learn more skills and techniques from some of the amazing artists on this site.

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  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 1 year ago

    I don’t like pigeons, but I’m a vegetarian, so I would not get revenge by eating them! That said, I think that this is a great portrait of the feral!

  • Hello Bette, I’m also vegetarian, was just relating a bit of past social history in UK. When times were hard, especially in the 1800s, snaring pigeons for food was regular for the common folk. Yer ‘posh’ people (even today) ate venison, something which goes back to Bronze Age times!! Glad you like the pic, I couldn’t resist his condescending eye! ;-) The birds really are a pain, as they have to be shooed off so that smaller wild birds can eat at the feeders. maybe that’s why he’s looking at me like this ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Nice shot but around here they are classed as vermin. They eat all out young veg. But stillare part of nature I guess. – Ted

  • I know what you mean, Ted, they are round here too and rightly so, as well as taking all the bird seed unless shooed away with a jug of water!! Thanks for the comment though, his look did remind me of comedian Richard Wilson in the sit-com series.
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Hello Dave..
    I like your ‘postman’ so much
    Fine clear sharp close up
    FAV and compliments
    (what a huge step mankind made since we used pigeons and now internet e-mail)

  • Hello John, thanks for the very kind comments and the fave. Yes the Homing Pigeon was used as the ‘postman’ and they were (and still are in places!) very efficient. But this chap is a feral crossbreed who sadly wouldn’t recognise a letter from a cabbage leaf, and certainly wouldn’t deliver it! The Homing Pigeons are very different, and there are some amazing stories about them.
    I do so agree, the leap from pigeon post to Internet and things like ‘smart’ phones (are they really that smart??;-) is huge!!
    All the best, friend,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 1 year ago

    LOL, brilliant close up Dave.

    Cheers Jude xx

  • Thanks kindly Jude, nice you like the glint in his eye! ;-!

    All the best,
    Dave xx

    – Rivendell7

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 1 year ago

    A great portrait of Victor Mildrew Dave

  • Thanks kindly Malcolm, he just reminded me of V M with that expression!
    All the best,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Poverty
    Povertyover 1 year ago

    Yes, Victor reincarnated without a doubt. Spot on shot Dave. Cheers.Tony.

  • Hi Tony, thanks for the kind comments. Have been looking out for a Hyacinth Bucket bird but not found one yet.. ;-)
    Fascinating avatar you have, bein’ a bit of an anorak is that a Speed Graphic?? Or Graflex of some kind? Fascinated by vintage cameras, None of yer plastic bodywork on these!
    All the best,
    Dave ;-).

    – Rivendell7

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    What a beauty. Gorgeous capture.

  • cieloverde
    cieloverdeover 1 year ago
    Dave…………….Ave citadina …..

    siempre atrae mi atención …
    Son lindas
    Sus ojos tienen una expresión
    de estar muy atenta a lo que sucede a su alrededor………….
    Bonita ……me encanta

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanover 1 year ago

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...over 1 year ago

    I love the delicate shading on the neck – lovely colors and great capture, Dave.

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