Speaking of Pigeons…

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Every so often a pair of white doves visits my neighborhood.

In the past, I’ve been lucky enough to see a fleeting glimpse of one before it spirits away.  But never have I seen the two doves together for any length of time.

One day this week, I happened out and there they were, on the bright green Florida grass, looking amazingly beautiful. (Perhaps next time they’ll both hang around and pose as a pair – that’s the stuff of dreams!)

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I watched them for a moment, thrilled, frozen. Then, quietly, I ran indoors for my camera.  When I returned, only one of the pair remained.  But, I was grateful!

And then, when I processed the photos, I noticed the bird was banded around both legs.  I googled “Banded white dove” and boy-oh-boy – I had no idea there was such an interest in pigeons! (Note: white doves are considered pigeons, the name is synonymous.)

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There are hundreds of Pigeon clubs in the US, and all over the world. Who knew?!

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Considered harbingers of peace, love, good tidings, etc, doves are also a big business!

This beauty is likely a homing pigeon or messenger pigeon, owned by a pigeon aficionado. Pigeons mate for life and I have a feeling this bird stayed on the roof only long enough to scope out where his/her mate flew.

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For more information, here’s a link to the American Racing Pigeon Union – USA:  http://www.pigeon.org

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