Pigeon Drinking from a Water Faucet at the Huntington Beach Pier

Pigeon drinking from a water faucet at the Huntington Beach Pier

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While walking along the Huntington Beach Pier, everyone was admiring the ocean and clear sky. Me? I was carefully watching a pigeon drinking water out of a faucet!

It was another warm day at the beach in Southern California and while taking a walk on the pier I noticed two pigeons sitting on a sink (created for the fisherman on the pier) trying to drink water out of a faucet. Normally it wouldn’t have caught my attention, except for the bright red/orange eye.

For those interested in the details on the camera setting used to take this shot, here it is.  f/5.6, 1/1000th sec, ISO 160, 120mm focal length (180mm in 35mm focal length). I used a Nikon D7000 with a 80-200mm 2.8 AF-D.

Ramon Ambriz

Ramon has been an avid photographer for over 20 years. He runs and contributes to several photography sites including OCSurfPix.com,  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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  • wow, that is a wonderful photo. And yes his eye is very striking.

  • Julie Storry

    This is one of the best posts I have seen all week, Ray. Bravo! Thanks for the ‘properties’, too. Did you use spot-metering?

    • RayAdmin

      Thanks Julie. Actually I didn’t use spot-metering, it was the default matrix metering, but I did use single-spot focus with the target right on the pigeons head/eye.

  • Joyzee

    Ramon – can I get permission from you to use your amazing photo (pigeon drinking from faucet) on our water website?

    • Im sure it would be ok. Which site exactly will it be on?

      • Joyzee

        My husband is a professional WATER engineer & recently retired. He hopes to do some engineering consulting to stay busy. We are in the process of building his website; nothing fancy tho – just a simple website to verify his consulting business & to display his resume. Your beautiful pigeon with the WATER faucet will add that ‘flavor’ to the website we are looking for! The future website is: ExperiencedEngineering.com We will ‘thank you’ for the photo on the website, if you wish. 🙂

        • If you want to use it for free, you must leave the url domain name that is on the image, meaning you can’t crop it and there must be a link back to this site. If you want to crop the image and remove the url, then the image must be purchased from us. For a purchase, use the “about” tab on the top of the page to contact us. Thanks!

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