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Common Wood Pigeon, Paloma Torcaz

Columba palumbus

Description:

Wood pigeon feather under the rain. Pigeon feathers are hydrophobic. The water drop, supported by network formed by barbs and barbules, sits partially on air pockets. A twofold structure of a feather flavours large contact angles and provides its water repellency. Besides, water drops act as magnifying lenses changing the pattern of the feather barbs.

Habitat:

Holm oak forest

Notes:

Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/32; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV; Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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7 Comments

arlanda
arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks KarenL. I love the fun facts!!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Fun fact! Pigeon feathers are hydrophobic – they repel water. Unlike many water birds that waterproof their feathers with oils secreted from preen glands, in pigeons this is achieved by a network formed by barbs and barbules creating air pockets that support water droplets. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...

arlanda
arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks Chief!

Wow! wonderful!

arlanda
arlanda 6 years ago

Good idea Mark, I'll try!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Wow. I have new desktop wallpaper. Thanks arlanda.

arlanda
arlanda 6 years ago

I changed the first picture!

arlanda
Spotted by
arlanda

Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Nov 7, 2013
Submitted on Nov 26, 2013

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