Tuesday, May 04, 2010

ABC Wednesday

The letter this week is P

P is for Pigeons



beautiful pigeons
beautiful pigeons




beautiful bird
beautiful bird


These beautiful pictures taken in Venice, Piazza San Marco and kindly made available by  alastair@picturesofvenice.net

A relative of the dove, pigeons are a graceful bird, but by their vast numbers and their affinity for cities they are often classified as a nuisance.  Welcome, and fun to feed, but a terror to clean up after......

Wikipedia has an interesting article on pigeons and doves here and has much to say about the birds that have been lost in modern times, - the Passenger Pigeon and the Dodo -


Occasionally we see a flock of Homing Pigeons, - a lovely sight as they circle the valley and then return to the cote maintained by a neighbour.
For more interesting P's fly over to ABC Wednesday, with thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and her kind helpers.

26 comments:

Hood Photo Blog said...

Great choice for P! I really like that second one - great action shot!

Sylvia K said...

Great and informative post and I love your photos! The pigeons are beautiful! Have a good week!

Sylvia

photowannabe said...

Not fond of pigeons and their pesty and messiness. Interesting information though and the picture of the bird in landing mode is good.

Liz said...

Your pictures are beautiful.

It's my first time to join ABC Wednesday. Do drop by if you have time.

Liz @ MLC

Carol said...

Great P post! I never saw pigeons look so pretty!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for your post about pigeons. They are very beautiful pictures of the messangers of peace.
Thank you for your visit.

Tumblewords: said...

Pigeon feathers have the most delightful iridescent quality. Lovely shots!

Roger Owen Green said...

pigeons are not PREFERRED by most city dwellers - I think they would rather, in the words of Tom Lehrer - be Poisoning Pigeons in the Park - but they don't usually bother me.

Great shots.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Dar said...

The 2nd photo of the pigeon is remarkable showing its true colors. Thank you for sharing these. Mom still has pigeons on the farm and a meal of squab is quite a rare treat.
On looking back at previous entries, I cannot get over the graceful eagle trying to steal from the osprey. We have both marvels here in north central Wisconsin and I would treasure such a sight.
Thanks for visiting. Do come again.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. The bird in flight is captured very beautifully.

magiceye said...

brilliant takes on the theme!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Beautiful birds - so colourful. A x

Mar said...

Lovely shots of pigeons at a special piazza!!

P is for palm tree

Jama said...

Awesome second shot! we have lots of pigeons in our neighbourhood,they can be a pest with them pooing on our laundry which are hanged under the sun!

jabblog said...

City folks don't like pigeons - they call them 'winged rats' and indeed some of them look very manky indeed. These pigeons in Venice look beautiful though, rather like the stock doves and wood pigeons we see in our garden - beautiful colours.

Manang Kim said...

Wow nicely captured pigeons. Happy Wednesday!

ABC Wednesday~P

Jay said...

Wow, that second picture is amazing! And yes, pigeons are rather lovely, aren't they?

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Rats with wings my wife calls them but they can be photogenic.

Anna said...

Good choice of p-word! Nice photos.
Best wishes,
Anna
http://annasadornments.blogspot.com/2010/05/p-as-in-pearls-abc-wednesday-round-6-p.html

Daniela said...

I must say that i´m not a big fan of pigeons, but that second photo is just perfect :)

*♥Shydub♥* said...

Lovely shot. You really captured it through your lens the pigeons flying

Lisa said...

What amazing color in the birds! They are the prettiest pigeons I've ever seen!

Paula Scott said...

My husband is not too happy with pigeons right now! They land in large groups on the top of his building and make a mess.
These are quite lovely!

Ann said...

Is there is thing as intertwine of lives?

My older has chosen daybyday as one of her internet names. and today, we both are posting on pigeons.

You got a great one of the pigeon flying. I wanted to get one like that, but my flying pigoen isn't so nice.

Hildred and Charles said...

Oh Ann, your pigeon photos are great, and you took them yourself. I borrowed mine from a free spot on the internet (which I acknowledged right under the photos - alastair@picturesofbenice.net. If you click on the pictures it will take you there.

Hildred and Charles said...

oops, - that should be alastair@picturesofvenice.net