JUNE 25, 2003
quirky news article got me thinking about homing pigeons. Apparently, there
is a lot more to them that I could ever have imagined. This website
is an excellent resource on the topic of homing pigeons and other specially
was initially under the impression that all pigeons could home, but
apparently, a homing pigeon is a specially bred and trained pigeon descended
from a centuries old line of proven homers. All pigeons have some ability to
home, but homing pigeons have this trait especially enhanced though breeding
seem to be various theories that try to explain the capability of homing in
these birds. Theories range from physical, biological, astronomical to even
homing, pigeons can be trained to be "racing pigeons",
"roller pigeons" and "show pigeons". Of course, there
are those classic "carrier pigeons" (post-office pigeons) that we have heard
and read a lot about. There were days when carrier pigeons formed the
backbone of the postal system in many nations. But if you think those days
are gone, think again!! Pigeons are here to stay. In fact, they are going to
play a major role in the next-generation all-IP telecommunication networks.
Read IETF RFC 1149
and RFC 2549.
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clicked this picture during my hike to Dragon's Tooth last weekend. I must
admit, the bird in the frame was a fortunate coincidence.