I Didn’t Kill It, Promise.

Dead Pigeon in the Phoenix Park

Ok so I didn’t kill this bird, you have probably gathered that from the title of this post, but just to be totally and utterly clear, I didn’t kill this bird.

I found this poor dead creature just lying on the ground not far from the main entrance into the Cheshire Home. There it was just placed perfectly on the pavement in this exact position. It’s fair to say I grinned like the Cheshire Cat with camera in hand and everything ready to take a picture of the gates of the actual hospital. Then I started thinking this is just too good to be true, he started to look like somebody had placed him in this perfect position and was now watching me from somewhere nearby. I started thinking I am going to appear on one of these prank shows in a couple of weeks time. Well, it hasn’t happened yet and nobody jumped out of the bushes to surprise me.

Strange and funny end to the story though. As I spent about twenty minutes getting everything ready to take the photograph I did notice a park wardens van driving by on a few occasions. I didn’t want them thinking I had murdered the bird so I kind of pretended to be pointing the camera in different places, just to keep their eyes off the ground. When I finally finished with the shot and started to pack away my camera the van comes back again and this time it stops right beside me. The guy gets out of the van, calmly says “Are you finished with him then” and scoops up the bird with a shovel and throws him in the back of his truck. Seems it was a bin truck and he was just doing a general clean up in the area. He obviously knew about the pigeon all along.


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