Pigeon Pilates

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Pigeon Pilates

Or so I call it . . . also fondly known as Pigeon Tai Chi . . . or simply, the Pigeon Stretch. It’s that endearing things birds do — wild and domestic both — leg extended under outstretched wing, releasing tension from their hard-working limbs. I always appreciate a wild-bird stretch when I’m out photographing. I’m deluded into believing they don’t mind me too much if they engage in a stretch.

Below, a few warmup moves from a beloved racing pigeon, Clive. The last photo is a Willet (shorebird), also in a stretch.

Racing Pigeon Stretch

Pigeon Pilates

Racing Pigeon Stretch

Pigeon Pilates

Racing Pigeon Stretch

Pigeon Pilates


Willet Stretching

Willet in a Stretch - ©ingridtaylar

By | 2010-02-10T23:18:03+00:00 February 10th, 2010|Blog, Doves & Pigeons|3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Tovar Cerulli March 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Have you seen the unusual yoga-like “lotus position” pose that great blue herons sometimes go into, with their wings way down low in a heart shape? My wife Catherine and I saw it last summer on a nearby pond while kayaking. Very neat.

  2. Elizabeth July 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hi, Ingrid!

    LOVE these pix of Clive and I think a collection of stretching bird pix would be very cool. Also- just wanted you to know that your 404 error message is the best ever. Everything you do, EVERYTHING, is done with such – what’s the right word- it’s care but more than that, it’s a – – richness. Thank you for sharing this beautiful blog.

  3. ingrid July 28, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Thank you, Elizabeth. You’re always so kind. Clive is a great photographic subject, wouldn’t you say? His beautiful white combined with his dolphin smile. What a character. I sent you a note but had to say publicly that I can’t take credit on the 404. It was conceived of by the theme writer. But I like it and kept it. 🙂

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