A Rock Pigeon is gathering material to build his nest. The Rock Pigeon makes a flimsy nest, but it often reuses the location repeatedly, building a new nest on top of the first. Because the pigeons do not try to remove the feces of their nestlings, the nest turns into a sturdy, pot like mound that gets larger month by month. Unhatched eggs and mummies of dead nestlings may also get cemented into the nest.
Because of their domestic roots, and because people have bred pigeons for many different colors and adornments, feral Rock Pigeons can have a variety of plumages.
The Rock Pigeon has such a long history of association with humans, having been used for food and entertainment for over 5,000 years that the original range of the species is impossible to determine. Escaped (feral) pigeons from pigeon breeders readily form flocks, and wild birds may join them.
This pigeon removed a piece of rope and flew away probably towards his nest. These birds seem to coexist with humans quite well.
This photograph was cropped, level adjusted, framed and saved for the web.
- Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) (3363)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-06
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III USM, 58mm UV
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Bird photos [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-04-09 19:30