Pigeons are amongst the best fliers apparently, so I decided to try and get a few shots of them in the air.
For the first time, I noticed a pigeon apparently sticking its head in a hole in the ground. Closer inspection revealed it was actually drinking water via the keyhole in the drain cover. Fascinating to watch.
My objective for today was to get some half decent shots of gulls, particularly in flight or coming in to land, so I set myself up on the shore and waited. Didn’t have to wait very long before they began coming in to sit on the rocks or feed the youngsters.
A quick wander along the beach this morning and there were a couple of Sardinian Warblers, Sylvia melanocephala, flitting about in the undergrowth.
I like pigeons (as long as they don’t try to nest on my balcony), great characters and fun to watch. They can be quite colourful, too, even the common street pigeons. There are some very exotic-looking specimens to be found in different parts of the world.
This street Pigeon was doing his very best to impress the ladies.
A young pigeon, one of those rare sights, after a good preening session.
Quite a few Swallows, Martins, Spotted Flycatchers and the odd Turtle Dove (nice to see them back) around at the moment. The Turtle Dove managed to find a few drops of water (?) in the riverbed to quench its thirst.
There are so many different species of Doves and Pigeons, some hardly recognisable as being either. These quite colourful specimens, however, conform more to the ‘norm’.