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[I added 'noise' to it because it was originally 49KB and could not be uploaded. With 'noise' it was 89KB.]
Pigeons in Hong Kong are not as common a sight as they are in places like London - namely because they are also served in the restaurants - nevertheless you can see them sometimes.
This morning two amorous pigeons settled above my neighbour's window and I managed to captured a few shots.
I took the title of the photo from the 1997 movie, 'As Good As It Gets' , starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear.
Pigeons mate for life and rear their broods together, although if one dies the other will take a new mate.
Once the simple nest is built, the female lays an egg and then another a day or so later.
The incubation period for common pigeons is 17 to 19 days.
The female sits on the egg from late afternoon through the night until about 10AM.
The male then takes over and does the day shift. Once the eggs hatch, both parents feed the young squabs.
The first food is pigeon milk or crop milk, a cheesy substance that appears in the crops of the parents at hatching time and is fed for a week or so.
Then the adults start regurgitating partially digested grains for the young.
By the time the squabs are ready to fly, about 4 weeks, the father is doing most of the feeding.
The squabs are fed for another week to 10 days after they are free-flying.
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elena (1054) 2004-05-02 10:36
your photos are incredible, i can´t believe you managed to take them all THIS morning, make a story, write that amazing informative note and post them... are you a photo journalist, used to come up with photo-editing-story in no time??
i never thought i would find pigeon photos this interesting, funny, witty... good job!!
are these pigeons naturally greenish? have you done any color post processing to them? it looks really nice! i´ve only seen them in grey...
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-05-02 11:29
great job here, I like the images you have produced here, It is like a comic strip, well done
Vagabond (5848) 2004-05-02 11:42
Very good work with an interesting sequence with high definition ... and humor
nwoehnl (122) 2004-05-02 16:17
Very funny, cute even (and me using the word "cute" related to pigeons is quite a rarity). Taking those four brilliantly detailed and colorful photographs is one thing, but to assemble them like you did and give them this context (I love that movie) is creativity. Great job, Andrew.
avigur_11 (22087) 2004-05-02 16:22
Excellent and very creative composition here, Andrew. Your titles are very funny, though I'm not sure that theorder is always correct..
Very well done, Andrew.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-05-02 17:13
Wow - lol - funny and wonderful series you captured and collected here Andrew. I like all photos but the marrige photo great - after a while the male had enough ;-)
kajenn (2440) 2004-05-02 20:07
Lovely and surprising series of cuddling pigeons, Andrew. Nicely put together - however I didn't understand the "adding-of-noise-to-upload" part - with a witty allusion. A great capture of the birds and the different situations and very nice colors. Great job!
I saw the movie and loved it!
RGatward (20062) 2004-05-03 4:51
Very cleverly put together sequence. Added to appropriate theme.
summer89 (5422) 2004-05-03 6:37
Great work, Andrew.
I like this composition, it´s funny and very creative.
jhm (146570) 2004-05-03 7:03
Great great idea Andrew, the four several poses are wonderful, a lot patience, my compliments!
Georges (11185) 2004-05-03 15:37
La grande version est trés riche en détails avec une exelente quelité.
Le coté Humour est bien vu mais je pense que la presentation met en valeur la scene superbement capturer.
Bravo Andrew et merci de la note.
manny (21833) 2004-05-04 6:46
And with the noise, it also looks very classic. Interesting moment you've captured here. Good shot!
dominique (11414) 2004-05-04 12:42
Bien , une serie de photos vraiment intéressantes et tres drôles , du beau travail . Tres bon cadrage .
Clochette (8076) 2004-05-04 16:15
Very, very well done Andrew !
I admire the way your captured all these (human ?) expressions !
Regarding MY pigeons, I'm sure it's another couple... these one seem to be so happy ! ;-)
Rockyboy (20598) 2004-05-05 17:48
Very nice serie of this pigeon love story, Andrew. The large version is very pleasant to see. Well done!
papagolf21 (93094) 2004-05-06 14:29
Vous avez réussi une composition très amusante et très bien faite. Quatre images pour raconter la vie d'un couple de pigeons. Il fallait y penser et savoir mettre en valeur les différentes images.
Dear Andrew, You made a success of a composition very amusing and very well done. Four images to tell the life d'un couple of pigeons. It was necessary to think and know of it to emphasize the various images. Excellent Andrew.
jrj (34843) 2004-05-23 5:18
A well made and fun series of pixes Andrew.
Natural posing and a sign of the spring time all this intimacy I think. Very good
roconnell (327) 2004-05-31 23:41
Wonderfully funny progression of pidgeon romance. Your patience and ever-watchful eye have paid off. This is a great series.
cdewet (0) 2004-06-13 12:56
Nice little story on these flying rats, Andrew! Like what you did with the framing, great job!!!
dsidwell (9783) 2004-07-11 1:06
This is a fun collection, Andrew. I love the story--a classic example of how this can be done effectively. The bird shots are interesting and fun. Nice point of view, too.
joseelias (0) 2004-07-16 8:15
The notes in the picture are very humourous. At least they seem to have a sucessful marriage! Good for them! ;-)
I like the panorama very much. It's very well managed especially the sequence. Good note.
ma-tibou (4568) 2004-08-21 11:48
Quelle belle photo Andrew,pleine d'humour et de tendresse.Ils vécurent heureux et eurent beaucoup d'enfants.
rajhema (1873) 2006-08-16 15:45
incredible story in a picture. You patiently chose the pictures to depict the events. Humorous and informative also. Good job Andrew. TFS
- Copyright: Andrew Orme (orme) (7215)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-05-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous
- Camera: Olympus C-730UZ
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Photos that have a movie title..., Pigeons, 4 shot-compositions [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-05-02 9:54
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