I was finally able to film a peregrine falcon eating on the ground. It took one of my pigeons but I didn’t see where it landed. Later I heard the crows and magpies and spotted him.
Winter freedom for racing pigeons can be dangerous because of the birds of prey but it is very healthy for the pigeons. You can see the natural selection at work.
I have always been impressed by those old pictures of messenger pigeons in the war and the stories around them.
Perseverance is the most important quality of a racing pigeon. I think it is far more important than muscle quality, wing and feathers.
Günter Schmidt made pigeon led vests to protect his racing pigeons from birds of prey attacks.
Here’s my flock of 2015 young birds training at home during our local Rock Festival Weekend.
Here are my pigeons taking a bath without water. :) They have been using that white pool since they were babies so they know it’s bath time when they see it.
I think I am the first who ever filmed a mixed flock of pigeons and starlings. My youngster pigeons got scared by the hawk and started the “dance” around it up in the sky. A flock of young starlings joined my pigeons. Power in numbers!
Feeding peanuts is the easiest way to become friends with pigeons. My males have to be in their nest box or they will not get their treat.
What should you do when you have a dominant male that fights a lot with all his neighbors? Give him another dominant male as a neighbor to keep him busy!