🐾 Maybe the reason I love animals so much, is because the only time they have broken my heart is when theirs has stopped beating.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

For the Love of Pigeons - Duffy

I mean, it is an extraordinary thing that a large proportion of your country and my country, of the citizens, never see a wild creature from dawn 'til dusk, unless it's a pigeon, which isn't really wild, which might come and settle near them.
- David Attenborough

This is Duffy, whom I rescued as a featherless baby from certain death when his parents abandoned him. This was the start of my love affair with pigeons.

His parents didn't belong to me - they were Ferals who just moved in and nested in my stables, as there was plenty of food around, with seeds and corn being put out for the ducks, geese and guinea fowl on a daily basis. And why they abandoned him I'll never know, but their loss was my gain as Duffy and I spent many years together, during which time he took a wife (Wuffy) and they in turn reared many clutches of little pigeons. This, of course, led to there being dozens of pigeons now living on my property, not an ideal situation, as they are Masters of Mess! But luckily I found homes for most of them, which cut the numbers drastically down to only a handful.

Camera : FujiFinepix 2800Zoom


  1. Good for you for rescuing Duffy! I have barn swallows that come every year to nest. They had two clutches this year, and one set of "babies" has set up house on the other side of the barn.

  2. How absolutely wonderful is that Studio! Isn't it wonderful when they choose some of OUR space to nest in?! I have a pair of Greater Striped Swallows that choose to come back to their nest in my pump house every year, such a delight! If you please, you can read all about them HERE on RedBubble : http://www.redbubble.com/people/mareeclarkson/art/7332212-greater-striped-swallow. Thank you for your lovely visit!



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