Trafalgar Square in Central London is home to Nelson’s column, iconic Lions, fountains, the fourth plinth and….pigeons. Hundreds if not thousands of pigeons.

They sit everywhere and they do what all birds do – poop.

I saw the stare of this figure and I saw the pigeon that had decided that the figure’s outstretched arm would make the perfect perch. I imagined the figure saying –‘You can only sit there if you behave and promise not to poop all over my arm’.

_DS79445And needless to say, in the processing of this picture, a considerable amount of poop was cloned out.

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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20 Responses to Behave

  1. ShimonZ says:

    Maybe the artist would have preferred it this way… But I can’t help wonder if it wouldn’t have been a better picture with the poop included.


  2. Len says:

    The statue’s eyes fit in with a pigeon on its arm Andy.


  3. oneowner says:

    I agree with you, Andy. Sometimes we have to determine what amount of bird poop is acceptable. Excellent shot.


  4. shoreacres says:

    I started feeding the doves, blue jays and sparrows, and now I have pigeons. If only I had a clone tool for my balcony railing! It’s a wonderful photo. If you were coming at the subject as a photojournalist (“The Scourge of Statuary Poop!”), of course it should have stayed. For an artistic rendering of the scene, I say, “Clone away!”


    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. This is definitely an artistic viewpoint. The title came with the image. The pigeon took a little while before he decided to look in the right direction.


  5. Haha they do like to poop. Good work in cloning it out 🙂


  6. mark says:

    I think I appreciate the poop-removal. But any time I see the word “Behave” associated with London I can think of nothing but Austin Powers. Cheers!


  7. Lol I can just image how much poop you cloned out. Nicely seen and captured Andy.


  8. Chillbrook says:

    They never listen! Smashing picture Andy.


  9. Phillip says:

    Great processing Andy! 🙂 If only it would work in real life. We could have poop free parks.


  10. poppytump says:

    Looks like there are more incoming pigeons by the expression on the face 🙂
    Made me smile Andy !


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