Close up of a pigeon with an attitude!

Pigeons in California

This pigeon didn’t like me taking its picture!

Earlier today at the Rainbow Harbor Marina in Long Beach, I was surrounded by these common grey pigeons. Most people see them as a nuisance as they litter the areas with bird droppings. I noticed one with a particular “swagger” to him/her.

I waited a few minutes until it was facing me at the right moment and with the green grass in the background I snapped up a few quick photos. These birds are constantly moving their heads so it wasn’t easy to shoot it.

However, this particular bird looked at me with a glare that could kill. It had an attitude and it almost seemed to charge me as I snapped the last image. Perhaps it was a little camera shy? Maybe I should ask the birds for permission before I take the picture! 🙂

The photo above is a tight crop, I wasn’t sure which to use. Here is the other version of the pigeon in the grass. I shot it wide open at f/2.8, which was a mistake. In the larger version the body and legs are out of focus, this was why I opted for close up (even though the birds bill is also a little out of focus).

Shot with a Nikon D7000 and Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED lens.

Ramon Ambriz

Ramon has been an avid photographer for over 20 years. He runs and contributes to several photography sites including,  Coolest-Travel-Pictures and OCPix. His main expertise is in advertising and online marketing but photography has always remained a top priority.

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  • perthdailyphoto

    I like them both Ray, but the close up really emphasizes ‘the glare’ and the bluish sheen on the neck feathers, it’s a pretty amazing shot altogether! Nice work.

  • hisloveisunfailing

    Oh! This one made me laugh! He definitely looks as if he is about to take your camera away from you and break it while growling, “I said NO PICTURES!”

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