When we had rain last week and whilst I was cleaning the family’s muddy footprints off the kitchen floor I happened to glance out of the window.
There, in the middle of a puddle of water, stood a Cape Rock Pigeon. I say stood, but it was actually squatting in the puddle. As I watched it, it suddenly raised one wing and held it aloft for approximately 30 – 60 seconds.
I was dumbfounded – wondering what the pigeon was doing. Had it hurt is wing?
As I continued to gaze at it Lo! and Behold! it raised the other wing.
The pigeon continued to lift alternate wings for about 10 minutes until the it proceeded to finally have a bird bath in the puddle with much splashing and flapping of wings.
Finally finished, it walked out of the puddle and preened itself before flying off to the nearest tree.
The question remains – is this a modern pigeon who prefers to take a shower to a bath – or has the pigeon been watching too many humans taking a shower au naturel?