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« on: March 11, 2008, 21:16 PM »
I took a photo of a yellow-legs today plundering a rubbish bag.  It was removing the contents one by one – it gave up on the old sock, but the rock hard bits of bread were acceptable after being dunked in a nearby fountain. 

Aerial pursuits of pigeons are a frequent sight in the city, and this one was dispatched on the roof of a nearby library.

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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008, 21:25 PM »
Hi Lucy,

The sock is great... maybe he thought it was a dead pigeon, it's the right colour almost...

So are you saying that "patatas amarillas" are hunting feral pigeons on the wing?
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2008, 22:32 PM »
Hi Clive,

There are some heart-stopping chases  and although there are far too many pigeons, it's difficult not to root for them.  As pigeons are pretty strong fliers too,  they often hold their own.  Once a pigeon took shelter in a top-floor flat I used to live in.  It flew in onto the table - while the gull cruised outside, staring in. Pigeon escaped when the coast was clear.

(ps. your link is to the golf course thread - is there a connection I'm missing?!)

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008, 09:14 AM »
Sounds like someone needs to get a video of one of the chases and post it up to you tube. I wonder if this is documented at all and estimates of how many pigeons get taken each year have been done.

It was Jills comment below about the yellow footed gull that had me chuckling about your yellow legs... (not your yellow legs). The thought of two yellow potatoes chasing the pigeons around.... :)

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