Edition:
United States
Pictures | Thu Aug 30, 2012 | 1:45pm EDT

Pigeons take flight

<p>Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas poses at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012. Topcliffe club secretary Adwas has been racing since 1996 and spends 15 hours a week on her 100 pigeons. Over recent years, the club has dwindled to just nine members.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas poses at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012. Topcliffe club secretary Adwas has been racing since 1996 and spends 15 hours a week on her 100 pigeons. Over recent years, the club has dwindled to just nine...more

Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas poses at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012. Topcliffe club secretary Adwas has been racing since 1996 and spends 15 hours a week on her 100 pigeons. Over recent years, the club has dwindled to just nine members. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
1 / 20
<p>Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas releases a pigeon at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas releases a pigeon at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas releases a pigeon at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
2 / 20
<p>Queens Cup winner Ian Ramsey poses at his home in Harrogate, northern England February 26, 2012. Ramsey who grew up racing pigeons with his father became the first person in Harrogate to win the cup last year after an 11 hour race.  REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Queens Cup winner Ian Ramsey poses at his home in Harrogate, northern England February 26, 2012. Ramsey who grew up racing pigeons with his father became the first person in Harrogate to win the cup last year after an 11 hour race. REUTERS/Nigel...more

Queens Cup winner Ian Ramsey poses at his home in Harrogate, northern England February 26, 2012. Ramsey who grew up racing pigeons with his father became the first person in Harrogate to win the cup last year after an 11 hour race. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
3 / 20
<p>Queens Cup winner Ian Ramsey cleans out his loft at his home in Harrogate, northern England February 26, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Queens Cup winner Ian Ramsey cleans out his loft at his home in Harrogate, northern England February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Queens Cup winner Ian Ramsey cleans out his loft at his home in Harrogate, northern England February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
4 / 20
<p>Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas feeds birds at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012.  REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas feeds birds at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Pigeon fancier Katie Adwas feeds birds at her loft in Knayton, northern England August 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
5 / 20
<p>Employees box and load racing pigeons for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. 1200 pigeons are entered in the loft during March for &pound;100 ($160) each and then trained by loft keeper Jeremy Davies. The race from Hexham to Birtsmorton is 203 miles (327 km), taking the winning bird around 4 to 5 hours with prize money totalling &pound;55,000 ($87,000) and the winner receiving &pound;20,000 ($31,600).   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Employees box and load racing pigeons for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. 1200 pigeons are entered in the loft during March for £100 ($160) each and then trained by loft keeper Jeremy Davies. The race from...more

Employees box and load racing pigeons for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. 1200 pigeons are entered in the loft during March for £100 ($160) each and then trained by loft keeper Jeremy Davies. The race from Hexham to Birtsmorton is 203 miles (327 km), taking the winning bird around 4 to 5 hours with prize money totalling £55,000 ($87,000) and the winner receiving £20,000 ($31,600). REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
6 / 20
<p>Boxed racing pigeons are prepared for loading for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012.    REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Boxed racing pigeons are prepared for loading for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Boxed racing pigeons are prepared for loading for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
7 / 20
<p>Racing pigeons wait to be loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Racing pigeons wait to be loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Racing pigeons wait to be loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
8 / 20
<p>A racing pigeon is being scanned before loading for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

A racing pigeon is being scanned before loading for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

A racing pigeon is being scanned before loading for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
9 / 20
<p>A racing pigeon is being loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

A racing pigeon is being loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

A racing pigeon is being loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
10 / 20
<p>A racing pigeon is being loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012.  REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

A racing pigeon is being loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

A racing pigeon is being loaded for the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 25, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
11 / 20
<p>A racing pigeon waits to be released from its racing box before starting his flight from Alnwick to its home loft across Yorkshire and Humberside, northern England April 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

A racing pigeon waits to be released from its racing box before starting his flight from Alnwick to its home loft across Yorkshire and Humberside, northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

A racing pigeon waits to be released from its racing box before starting his flight from Alnwick to its home loft across Yorkshire and Humberside, northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
12 / 20
<p>Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
13 / 20
<p>Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
14 / 20
<p>The last racing pigeon flies off after they were released from their racing boxes to start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside, northern England April 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

The last racing pigeon flies off after they were released from their racing boxes to start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside, northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

The last racing pigeon flies off after they were released from their racing boxes to start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside, northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
15 / 20
<p>Tony Meek poses for photographs after releasing 2,500 racing pigeons from their racing boxes on a flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. Meek, a former racehorse jockey, believes pigeons find their way using the sun and will sometimes wait several days for the right weather conditions before releasing his pigeons for a race.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Tony Meek poses for photographs after releasing 2,500 racing pigeons from their racing boxes on a flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. Meek, a former racehorse jockey, believes...more

Tony Meek poses for photographs after releasing 2,500 racing pigeons from their racing boxes on a flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. Meek, a former racehorse jockey, believes pigeons find their way using the sun and will sometimes wait several days for the right weather conditions before releasing his pigeons for a race. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
16 / 20
<p>Pigeon owners react as the first pigeons arrive back during the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 26, 2012.    REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Pigeon owners react as the first pigeons arrive back during the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Pigeon owners react as the first pigeons arrive back during the One Loft race at Birtsmorton, central England August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
17 / 20
<p>Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Racing pigeons are released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
18 / 20
<p>Pigeon fancier Norman Perry of Port Talbot, Wales poses for photographers with his Supreme Champion winner in the annual Homing Pigeon World Show at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, northern England January 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Pigeon fancier Norman Perry of Port Talbot, Wales poses for photographers with his Supreme Champion winner in the annual Homing Pigeon World Show at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, northern England January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Pigeon fancier Norman Perry of Port Talbot, Wales poses for photographers with his Supreme Champion winner in the annual Homing Pigeon World Show at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, northern England January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
19 / 20
<p>Rosettes for winners are seen in the annual Homing Pigeon World Show at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, northern England January 21, 2012.  REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>

Rosettes for winners are seen in the annual Homing Pigeon World Show at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, northern England January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Rosettes for winners are seen in the annual Homing Pigeon World Show at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, northern England January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Close
20 / 20

Next Slideshows

Space odysseys

From the scientists on the ground to stunning views from space, a look at man's continuing exploration into the final frontier.

Aug 30 2012

Paul Ryan fashion

Women's Wear Daily called his choice of square-toed shoes "one of the most grievous mistakes a man can make," and GQ called Ryan's black suit a "suburban dad...

Aug 29 2012

Yawalapiti tribe’s ritual

Brazil’s Yawalapiti tribe holds a ritual over several days to honor, in death, two people of great importance.

Aug 29 2012

Disappearing Arctic

The world's Arctic ice cap has shrunk to a new low, surpassing a record set only five years ago.

Aug 28 2012

MORE IN PICTURES

Pictures of the Year 2017

Pictures of the Year 2017

Our top photos from the past year.

Today in Sports

Today in Sports

Our top sports photography of the day.

Pictures of the year: Environment

Pictures of the year: Environment

Our top environment photos from the past year.

Surfing giant waves in Portugal

Surfing giant waves in Portugal

The Praia do Norte beach has become a destination for big wave surfers since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara set a world record there for the largest wave surfed in 2011.

Violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers

Violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers

Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire, medical officials said, during protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Protesters block roads in Honduras as electoral crisis rumbles on

Protesters block roads in Honduras as electoral crisis rumbles on

Honduran security forces clash with protesters demanding a full recount of last month's contentious election that pitched the Central American nation into crisis.

Our most popular Instagram photos

Our most popular Instagram photos

Our top Instagram posts from the past year.

Notable deaths in 2017

Notable deaths in 2017

Newsmakers and celebrities who died in the past year.

Pictures of the year: Natural disasters

Pictures of the year: Natural disasters

Our top natural disaster photos from the past year.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast