Education & Behavior • 2,139 views

I have always been fascinated by the duality of the pigeons and the strong constrast between their wild behavior outside the loft and their tame behavior inside the loft, with the fancier. Outside they fly like a hurricane up in the sky, surviving the attacks of the fastest animal on earth, the peregrine falcon, and then they are back in the loft where they change completely in some tame birds that trust you.

I feel honored that I can touch and closely observe a bird that a few minutes ago was darting up in the sky like a dot, with the killer trying to get it, in the most fascinating show of nature, the survival game of predator and prey. Up there in the sky, you don’t own the pigeons anymore, they are some wild birds that you might never see again, yet they get back and you enjoy watching them happy in your loft.

What other domestic animal has the wilderness and freedom that pigeons have?

Below you can watch a movie I made using videos with my pigeons flying at home and a falcon attack from a documentary, to illustrate the adrenaline behind it. I tried really hard to film the falcon at home but I failed every time: the action takes place too high in the sky and my camera doesn’t focus, it’s just a blur, or the action happens too fast when the falcon chases the pigeon down right above the landscape. I hope that one day I will be able to get a high quality camera to film this fantastic show and I dream about creating a full documentary about it. If you can suggest what kind of camera I should research, please let me know.

I try to spend as much time as possible with my pigeons, and sometimes we “chat”. I filmed myself feeding them peanuts in a little experiment I did last winter in my old loft. I wanted to see how fast they learn that they get the peanuts only if they are in their nest box or on their V-perch. They learnt this very fast, in about 2-3 days! Please excuse the dirt (it was freezed in December) and the cut feathers of the stock pigeons, I was just getting started and didn’t have a separate stock loft. This movie was made for my other website, but I don’t think you need subtitles for it, do you? :)