You never know what you are going to see when out and about. I spotted this chap letting his young pigeons out at Titchfield Haven for a training flight back to their loft in Gosport. He had over a few weeks moved further along the coast to push the birds flight range to get home.
Racing pigeons are descended from the wild Rock Dove. Pigeon racing became a popular sport of the masses in the early 1900’s,
The RAF carried pigeons on bombers in WW2. All RAF bombers and reconnaissance aircraft carried pigeons in watertight containers and, if the aircraft had to ditch, the plane’s position was sent back with the pigeon to its RAF base and a search and rescue operation was effected. Many aircrew lives were saved by these birds that flew often in extreme circumstances.