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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

"Familiarity breeds contempt" goes the old saying but even if not contempt, familiarity often blinds one to commonplace beauties such as this Rock Pigeon (Columba livia). While not native to North America they have naturalized themselves here and over most of the globe and come in a wide variety of colors. Though they are often considered pests they are very attractive birds and the one above posed so nicely for me I felt quite grateful. Photographed at Esquimalt Lagoon on 19th October.

4 comments:

JoJo said...

They do leave a mess in cities, that's for sure. I think they are pretty.

William Kendall said...

The texture of the feathers is interesting in this shot. The bird seems to be huddling against the cold!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful colors and textures.

Madge Bloom said...

I often wonder if they get a headache with the way they bob their heads as they walk...