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Pigeon Bathing

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This probably is only of interest to Faith but here are two pigeons bathing in the River Thames near Hampton Court. The one further out is practically swimming. Could a pigeon swim? Anyway he seems to be enjoying himself. The second one seems a little reluctant to do more than paddle.

Posted at 27th Mar 2012 - 04:13PM   Posted by Fennie   Pigeon Bathing Comments: 6

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Fennie's Avatar PS The pigeon wasn't injured or anything. He was splashing away like anything but then he saw me and stopped. I think pigeons get self-conscious if you try to take pictures of them.

Posted by: Fennie on 27th Mar 2012 at 04:16PM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar If you had a bird bath as we do you would see all manner of birds having a dip. The pigeon probably had his feet firmly on the bottom and was just giving his armpits a good wash.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 27th Mar 2012 at 05:33PM

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Faith's Avatar I don't know if pigeons can swim or not. From what I have observed I would say not. Fennie's pigeons are wood pigeons of course and quite large substantial birds, and I think the 'swimming' one is, as Rosie says, just standing in the water. I think pigeons in general do enjoy bathing - my doves and pigeons often sit for a long time in the water - and it's a method of getting rid of parasites. And they also sit in water before their eggs are due to hatch, as it assists the process. Thanks for the picture Fennie.

Posted by: Faith on 27th Mar 2012 at 06:21PM

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Fennie's Avatar That is an interesting fact, Faith. When I used to hatch eggs in an incubator I remember we had to splash the eggs with water but I forget why now. To stop them drying out I suppose.

Posted by: Fennie on 27th Mar 2012 at 09:43PM

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Camilla's Avatar I did not think Pigeons could swim either, as Rosie says perhaps Pigeon is only sitting in shallow water with his feet firmly on the bottom.

Posted by: Camilla on 28th Mar 2012 at 01:45AM

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Camilla's Avatar Forgot to say..... lovely pic you posted above Fennie.

Posted by: Camilla on 28th Mar 2012 at 01:46AM

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