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Portrait of a City Dove ~ Porträt einer Straßentaube ~ Columba livia forma domestica

This is pretty much perfection to me. The eye! The shape of the head and beak! The metallic shimmer of the neck plumage! I can’t wait for some “springy” sunlight to return so that I can go out and “shoot” some more pigeons. :-) 

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Feral Pigeon ~ Stadttaube ~ Columba livia domestica

Feral pigeons have an incredibly hard life in Venice. Despite them never and nowhere being welcome, I have hardly seen so much unbearable bird suffering. They have injuries, they starve, they die and people just walk by ~ laughing. As if these birds were voluntarily evil and didn’t have a right to live at all. :-( I literally wondered how this beauty could still have some energy left for preening. :-( I am well aware that pigeons can become an “issue” but isn’t it our prime task as humans to solve such problems (supervised pigeonries with pigeon food which consists of GRAINS NOT BREAD, yes, they need to EAT!!; exchange of most real eggs with gypsum eggs; there ARE solutions) instead of causing more, ignoring and even indulging in the suffering of other beings?!

Venice, Italy

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Feral Pigeon ~ Stadttaube ~ Columba livia domestica and House Sparrow ~ Haussperling ~ Passer domesticus

A Street Pigeon and a House Sparrow are picking up bread crumbs from the ground. Photographed close to the ground to get this nice effect of closeness.

Short (repetitive) reminder that bread is not suitable for birds at all, it contains salt and virtually no nutrients. Don’t feed bread or other human food to birds! 

2014 © Jesse Alveo

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Feral Pigeon ~ Stadttaube ~ Columba livia domestica

This was my backyard “guinea pigeon” for rudimentarily testing the new Canon 7D II. :-)

Germany

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Feral pigeons ~ Stadttauben ~ Columba livia forma domestica

White speckled pigeons have appeared who seem to have a white dove (assumed escapee) I have seen before as common ancestor. :-)

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Feral pigeons ~ Straßentauben ~ Columba livia forma domestica

I. The sadness in his eyes telling a lot about a typical hard “down and out” pigeon life :-(

II. Very social, caring and intelligent - and much hated by too many humans :-( 

2014 © Jesse Alveo