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Thousands of fanciers fly in as pigeons go on show

HOW MUCH SIR?: The bird auction at the national Pigeon Show at Ipswich Showgrounds.
HOW MUCH SIR?: The bird auction at the national Pigeon Show at Ipswich Showgrounds. Claudia Baxter

THOUSANDS of pigeon admirers from across the country flocked to Ipswich as the city welcomed back Australia's biggest pigeon show.

Advancing into its 31st year, the Australian National Pigeon Association Annual Show was held at the Ipswich Showgrounds and showcased more than 2500 pigeons.

It is the fifth time Ipswich has accommodated the three-day event, which was organised by The Ipswich Specialist Pigeon Club.

The organisation's secretary John Wiseman - a third generation pigeon fancier - said it was an honour to again hold the prestigious event.

The 72-year-old said some of the exhibitors had travelled from as far afield as Tasmania for the chance to display their birds.

"Some people will pay $1200 in airfares and accommodation just for the chance to show off their pigeons and win a $30 trophy," he said. "It demonstrates how highly regarded this gathering is."

The exhibition was also attended by international judges from countries such as the US, England, Scotland and Sweden.

Ipswich City Council community and customer service committee chairperson, Councillor Bruce Casos, said it was great to have the show back in Ipswich. "It was a wonderful sight to see all the different pigeon varieties on display at the one location," he said. The Ipswich Pigeon Specialist Club was established in 1939. For details, visit ipsc.homestead.com/ipsc.html.

Fast pigeon facts

  • Unless forcibly separated, pigeons in a natural environment generally mate for life
  • A grown pigeon has nearly 10,000 feathers
  • Racing Pigeons routinely maintain flight speeds of 50 to 60 mph.
  • The French, Swiss, Israeli, Iraqi and Chinese armies still use homing pigeons today


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