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The birds

I knew I had to get a photo of these pigeons as soon as I saw them. If I’ve counted right, there are one-hundred-and-eighteen of them perched on the overhead cables (including the two in flight). Normally when I see something like this they’ll all fly away before I get chance to take the picture, but on this occasion I was blessed with a flock tolerant of my presence. I guess city pigeons are generally quite accepting of people though, and they were pretty much out of reach up there on the wires anyway. I suspect that, had I dropped some fod on the floor, the whole lot of them would have descended!

The tram has a slight blur as I wanted to maximise my depth of field, so had to use a slower shutter speed (I think it was 1/125s, but it might have been 1/60s.

Overhead wires

Yashica Mat 124G & Ilford HP5+ (@800asa). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 10mins @ 20°.

Taken on 27 November 2021

5 thoughts on “The birds

  1. Now there you go! I like that frame. It’s always neatl,, I think, when you see flocks lined up by the hundreds on the utility wires, like this. I like pigeons. They have a bad rap but I find them infinitely fascinating. I’m always kind to pigeons who make my acquantance. fortunately they’ve never decided to roost on our house. then I suppose I might have different feelings.

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    1. I think that pigeons get a bad rap in cities where they can multiply and create quite a mess due to the amount or easily available food they can find (mostly from us messy humans). There are far fewer of them in Sheffield than there used to be and most buildings have bird spikes on roosting points such as building ledges to dissuade them from landing. There are still notable numbers though.

      They’re pretty appealing birds though when you take the time to watch them I think, with a curious air to them.


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