October 12, 2010

Pigeon management

Melbourne Pigeon Management © Evelyn Howard 2010

I found this interesting structure recently. I am tempted to change the photo to black and white, maybe later!

Melbourne Pigeon Management © Evelyn Howard 2010

It is the city’s way of managing the population of pigeons.   I have photographed the sign on the structure (below), if you are interested to find out more.

Melbourne Pigeon Management © Evelyn Howard 2010

Although feeding is not permitted in areas other than around this structure, many people continue to feed the birds, especially along the beach.

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Boom Nisanart said...

Thank you for this information, I used to post these pigeon loft in my blog but can't found any info, now I knew why they build this loft..Thank again : )

Kaori said...

I'm not very fond of pigeons, especially the ones around the station, and I'm downright scared of the crows we have here! This looks like a great way to control the number of birds...is it working?

Evelyn said...

@ Kaori: I am not sure how well it is working, but it does attract lots of pigeons. I guess these pigoens would be in the city if they were not around the loft, so in a sense it is helping.

I am not fond of pigeons or crows either.

Anonymous said...

What a fascinating idea! And that first picture is just wonderful!

Gwendolyn L said...

Great post. And fascinating idea. I hope this is working well and the information is passed to many other locations where pigeons are usually considered a nusiance. Thanks for sharing.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Love that first photo with its soft color, but I agree that it might be great in b/w also.

The pigeon house is a fabulous alternative to them roosting and making a mess in public areas, not to mention the damage to public buildings and structures .... So glad that you included the sign ... seems like a good plan!

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Louis la Vache said...

This structure reminds «Louis» of the pigeon roosts he has seen on old farms in France. In the middle ages, pigeons (rather than chickens) were raised for food. Farmers built structures similar to this to house the birds - but the roosts were inside the structure rather than on the outside. An ingenious ladder was invented that allowed the farmers to rotate the ladder to collect the eggs from the roosts. Eventually, it was figured out that a steady diet of pigeon brought about kidney disease and failure. Thus pigeon became the food given to prisoners. Kidney failure was signaled by the production of brilliantly yellow urine. The jailers collected this urine and sold it to glassmakers making the stained glass for the great gothic cathedrals. Tip of the day: don't eat pigeon...

2sweetnsaxy said...

I'll bet that first one would look really great in B&W.

Sadami said...

Dear Evelyn,
Oh...interesting information. But the pigeon loft reminds me of a bee box. Hopefully, we can live together in a peaceful way. But the nice photos!
Kind regards, Sadami

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