The pigeon whisperer

I took this picture in August. A couple feeding the pigeons on Argyle Street in Glasgow. They had such a huge bag of grain for the birds, they were well fed afterwards. After the couple left, someone else came along with a bag of grain and was perplexed as to why the birds wouldn’t feed.

It was an interesting moment in people watching.


  1. Pigeons are often considered a nuisance in urban areas, but they are an important part of the city’s ecosystem. They are also quite fascinating creatures, with a strong social structure, and a complex communication system. They have lived alongside human for centuries, and have adapted to the urban environment very well. Feeding them can be a way of interacting with nature and also a way of calming our mind by enjoying a simple activity that provides satisfaction and pleasure, in a way it creates a symbiotic relationship between human and birds.

  2. I have bird phobia. The second couple would have been far happier if I had been sitting on that bench instead. However, I actually wouldn’t have been there in the first place. No way no how! 😳 Great social capture. I always love these captures as decades down the line they will be treasures in the form of a ‘window in time’. All the best.

  3. Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ came to mind when I saw the photo. I don’t think I’d be able to cope with so many pigeons around me. When I lived in London, I always avoided Trafalgar Square.

    • I know what you mean. It’s one of the few horror movies to give me nightmares. But I was safely in a cafe, observing behind glass and from a safe distance

  4. A fun photo and a very generous feeding time for the pigeons – I do empathise with the people coming afterwards though as this happened once when my young son and I went to the lake to feed the ducks. A woman in the village used to take a whole shopping bag of bread so by the time we arrived they were totally disinterested – luckily the couple of slices we had on offer were fresh so my son munched them on the way home! 😀

    • At least your son still got some fun from the visit. I’m sure he also enjoying seeing and watching the ducks.

  5. Great photo, Brenda. The smiles and looks of the couple in the background say it all. So much can be seen when we are able to capture that one moment in time.

    • I agree. I hadn’t noticed the couple in the background at the time, but the photo does capture lots. Thanks for commenting Davy

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