June 13, 2013

The Pigeons of Hell's Kitchen

1/400th at F10, ISO 800 (135mm).

One of the great immigrant populations of New York is the pigeon.  Also called Rock Doves, these domesticated birds were brought over from Europe, most likely in the 1600s, to eat. Some escaped and the rest is history as they fit in easily on the buildings that resemble the Mediterranean cliffs that they were adapted to.

A lot of people dislike the pigeons, but I think they seem like every other resident of this city, nestled into whatever nook and crevice they can find and living off of the scraps. 

There's probably even a pigeon living off of leftover Sushi in the back of some Japanese restaurant somewhere.


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