Pigeons aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I am not ashamed to say that they are one of my favourite birds. By getting to know these birds I have developed a new found understanding and appreciation for these urban inhabitants.
My little wild flock here in Aberystwyth have brought me many hours of joy and entertainment over the years as well as providing an ever reliable subject to photograph.
Today the pigeons appeared right on cue as usual during a particularly crisp and beautiful winter morning and began their routine of foraging the tidal mud flats for morsels of food.
With the sun low in the sky it cast long shadows over the landscape and a weak yet warming glow which seems to be particularly harmonious with photography.
Caught in this pleasant light the pigeons’ grey neck plumage was illuminated with a metallic purple and green iridescence and their beady red eyes shone like beacons.
A female pigeon (left) pecking at the beak of her mate (right) in a behaviour known as billing.
A pair of pigeons making a splash whilst bathing in the estuary. Brrr, that water must be cold!
In among the typical grey birds were some familiar faces, the bright white feathers of the pied and albino pigeons who have been key members of this flock for many years now.
The distinctive albino male pigeon.
All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography ©