E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus

Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus


Can I eat you?

Wood Pigeon, Columba palumbus is the most common of UK pigeons. Apparently they are gradually moving into towns and mixing with Feral Pigeons.

These birds seem to eat an awful lot of plants, especially brassicas. They can breed most of the year, the chicks "squabs" are fed on pigeon's milk, which is secreted by the parent's crop. They're quite timid, easily frightened away from the bird table.
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Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus


Can I eat you?

Wood Pigeon, Columba palumbus is the most common of UK pigeons. Apparently they are gradually moving into towns and mixing with Feral Pigeons.

These birds seem to eat an awful lot of plants, especially brassicas. They can breed most of the year, the chicks "squabs" are fed on pigeon's milk, which is secreted by the parent's crop. They're quite timid, easily frightened away from the bird table.
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comments (26)

This is an absolutely wonderful picture Ellie: the focussing is brilliant - I like the little drop of moisture at the tip of the beak. A picture you can be truly proud of
EJWilkins: Thank you so much Chris. That drop of water was a bit of a bonus, hadn't seen it until the picture was on the computer.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 02:37
Ellie This is a great close-up. Even if the birds like to eat plants. This one looks like it likes to eat, that's for certain!
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 03:37
Very nice DOF, Ellie. I like that he's leaning to the left, as if there is something really interesting to see just outside the frame.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 04:12
Goofy looking thing the way you captured it. It certainly made me smile!
EJWilkins: Goofy - probably the most appropriate description for this character!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Mar 2008, 06:23
The head seems so disproportionately small for its body, Ellie, doesn't it! And is that a bit of a drip on its beak, as Chris has asked? I love it.
EJWilkins: It does, it's because it was really stretching its neck to see if I was a threat. THe drip - I didn't notice it until I loaded the picture. Maybe it was drooling at the thought of food. wink
  • Mike
  • 12 Mar 2008, 08:48
Hi Ellie, this and your other wild-bird shots are out of the top draw - clear, well composed, good colours. My sister recently took some great photos of a sparrowhawk eating a pigeon on the lawn in her back garden. I'm hoping to post a couple of them on my site for her soon - they are a bit gory but good wildlife images albeit in an urban environment. Mike
EJWilkins: That will be wonderful to see Mike, I hope I'm online the right day. If not, could you drop me a reminder please?
  • xavi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 08:56
una imagen preciosa de la paloma
EJWilkins: Gracias Xavi.
Beautiful capture Ellie. I like the expression!
Amazing close-up Ellie. She/he even looks a bit shy smile
  • iain
  • 12 Mar 2008, 11:27
Really sharp. Pigeons are always good for a laugh -- they pose in the funniest ways for cameras! Nice shot Ellie smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 12 Mar 2008, 11:50
Terrific, sharp capture Ellie.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 11:51
Great photograph of this bird, Ellie
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 12 Mar 2008, 13:00
Ellie wonderful capture,love the colour of his head
They are arrogant blighters and I'm no friend of them ... but this is a fine shot of the enemy Ha!. richard
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 13:44
You are doing a great job on these garden visitors, Ellie. I`m enjoying the series. (:o)
  • Russ
  • 12 Mar 2008, 15:53
Ellie we have a pair in our garden in London , but they are some of the dumbest birds I have ever seen - prettier than the feral ones though

PS another great picture - how do you get them to pose?
EJWilkins: THey are dumb, nowhere near as smart as the Feral Pigeons, and very timid too.
I sit, a couple of feet inside the french windows (which have got those horrible little panes so panning the camera is awkward) for a while each day and hope I'll get a worthwhile picture. Some of the birds are used to me being there, some aren't. I get a lot of pictures of air! grin
Excellent picture Ellie of a bird we all love to hate in our town and city centres. Great out of focus background really makes the bird stand out.
EJWilkins: The background is new growth on a willow tree, lucky it works the right way wink
  • manju
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Mar 2008, 17:47
Awesome portrait ! Simply superb ! Keep it up !
  • Alan
  • Southampton
  • 12 Mar 2008, 18:15
Cracking detail in this, Ellie.. you really know how to get the best out of the bird images. If I'm picky, I ould have liked to havce seen the empty sapce to the left rather than the right and also the inclusion of his toes but this does not detract from the appeal of the image.
EJWilkins: I tried it with the space to the left because I thought it would be better, but it didn't work for me, perhaps because the eye is looking over towards the bird's left/our right. Clipping the toenail was sheer carelessness, and I hadn't spotted it.
Thanks Alan, all comments like this gratefully received smile
  • France
  • Bordeaux, France
  • 12 Mar 2008, 19:05
A mon avis, ce pigeon grignoterait bien ton objectif ...
We have had a pair nesting in the tree outside my "office" for the last couple of years. I find them rather endearing although a lot of people don't like them. This is a lovely pigeon portrait!
EJWilkins: I like them too, they're ineffectual and clumsy in an endearing sort of way even though they eat far too much. Their nests are a disaster area too, just a bundle of twigs.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Mar 2008, 20:46
Great capture of the pigeon. It has lost a toenail though. A real picky me grin
EJWilkins: I really didn't notice I'd cropped it too tight, still there on the original. Not clipped wink
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 12 Mar 2008, 21:23
fabulous capture love the composition Ellie, well done)
Congratulations ! The focus is awesome in this one ! Funny too !
Another amazing shot, nice one. Question - How do u get them to pose for u? smile This one is a bit of a poser smile
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 15 Mar 2008, 11:24
Now I'm just annoyed... smile I can't get this kind of result when I try shoot birds...That said I probably haven't been patient enough or set up the right lure in the garden.

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