Flying the coop: Racing pigeons in Portugal

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Flying the coop: Racing pigeons in Portugal

Postautor: AlbertSalerno » 14 maja 18, 07:13


File this under the category of “Who knew?”, but pigeon racing is second only to soccer in terms of the sheer number of participants and followers in Western European countries like Germany, Belgium, England, Holland and Portugal. And its popularity is starting to take flight Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Turkey and a host of others. Major pigeon racing tournaments and championships have sprouted, and this year photographer Tommaso Rada decided to chase them down in Portugal. Up until World War II, pigeons were regularly used as couriers to deliver messages because of their keen homing abilities. But the sport itself predates that, going back as far as 19th century Belgium. It has since evolved into a full-on sport involving breeders, auctioneers, massive warehouses to store pigeons, and even bigger bets being placed (although it’s not officially legal in Europe to bet on racing pigeons). Several months go into carefully picking and training a specific breed of pigeon to yield the best results.

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