Last Friday, I got woken up by two separate friends texting me to inform me that there is a large pigeon convention happening on the weekend. So they had heard on the news. Naturally, I moved my dentist appointment and made it happen. I spent three hours looking at hundreds of pigeons and taking pictures. I also learned a few tidbits like the word grizzle, “almond” to describe pigeon color, and how to properly pronounce the word Jacobin (JACK-obin).
A lot of people don’t know that pigeons are bred to compete, much like show dogs (except they just sit there and look pretty). There are so many cool recessive pigeon genes that come out when they’re selectively bred over centuries. The pigeons looked healthy and happy for the most part. There were only a few breeds that I felt bad for; they had some difficulty moving around. These were only a small portion of the birds.
The pictures were hard to narrow down. So many of the pigeons had so much character and posed well for photos. So, I put the rest of the pictures in a Flickr album. Go look!
If you like these photos, you’ll love the book Extraordinary Pigeons by Stephen-Green Armytage. I like it so much that I have two copies (one I bought myself, one gifted to me by a friend). I keep one at home and one at work!