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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Fat, lovely pigeon.

I saw a band-tailed pigeon at the park yesterday, flying in a wide circle.

They're big and heavy (compared to regular city pigeons), and the way they fly looks stiff and fake. It's like watching a poorly done computer-generated bird, or one of those model ornithopters that you wind up using a rubber band.

What they lack when viewed from a distance, they make up for at close range, with beautiful, subtle colors that change dramatically as the light changes: blue gray, rusty tan, irridescent. The little bright accents (yellow on the beak and feet, black beak tip, white comma on neck) contrast nicely with the grays and browns. And they have that sweet dove expression on their faces that I love. You can tell I adore these guys.

This website has some marvelously intimate pictures of many different birds, including the band-tailed pigeon up close. Scroll to the bottom to see the aforementioned pretty face and soft colors:

http://www.wrightwoodcalif.com/forum/index.php/topic,491.0.html

I saw my first band-tailed pigeon when I was eight; it was swaying precariously at the top of an elm tree (birding tip: regular pigeons almost never perch on the tops of trees). Band-tailed pigeons love to eat berries and nuts, which is what they're doing in this JJ Audubon print:

http://www.audubongalleries.com/prints/prints.php?cat=birds&subcat=amsterdam&sortfield=&pg=2&itemnr=276597&ordernr=7845

It's one of JJ's best.

4 Comments:

  • At 12:29 AM, Anonymous D'nah Freespirit said…

    These are wonderful pictures! Thanks for pointing me to the link, Kate. As always, you are a birding Goddess. I'm so pleased that Beanie likes to bird with you.

     
  • At 3:11 PM, Blogger Kate said…

    Glad you liked the pictures; they're great close-ups. I like that you can see a spiderweb on a hummingbird's beak in one photo. The flicker pictures are cool, too.

    Birding Goddess....I like that. Thanks.

     
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