Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pigeons on Instagram

Not a Canberra related post.

A few days ago I decided to upload a few photos from my iPhone to Instagram. Mostly of my racing pigeons and doves. After tagging the photos with pigeon racing related hashtags I discovered an amazing world of pigeon racers and fanciers.

What is particularly interesting was most of the new followers speak and write Arabic. I had no idea that pigeon racing & fancy breeding was so popular in the Middle East.

They say a picture paints a thousand words and the like button and the thumbs up symbol seem to cross the language barriers and the pigeon liberations in desert scenes are outstanding. Also interesting is the promotion over there of European bloodlines. It seems Belgium still exports a lot of birds.

If there was one thing I would suggest to the Instagram app's development would be a built in translator. Probably because I am there for the birds not the politics.

My Instagram account is named DRR63 and can be found at

Probably won't be of any interest to you unless you particularly like birds. It does however contain my first ever, and probably last ever, selfie if you want to know what I look like.