In a summer daze

The humble pigeon is far more intelligent than we might give them credit for. Scientific studies have proved that they have a unique ability to recognise human faces, this combined with a superior long term memory enables them to recognise individual people and subsequently, who is friend or foe.

This intelligence is can be demonstrated with this particular flock in Aberystwyth, who I have regularly encountered over the last year. The birds now recognise me immediately, and flock down to greet me and take advantage of a handout of food I will usually bring them.

This close contact and trust allows me to capture some wonderful, close up & detailed images such as those below.

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On this particular occasion the flock were incredibly relaxed, with several birds enjoying a spot of sunbathing beside the harbour water. At first I thought this particular pigeon was injured but it soon become clear it was just resting on the slipway as the concrete warmed under the morning sunshine.

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All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography  ©
http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com

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