feral pigeons each with leg rings. The white ring on this bird read 'MALTA 2010' - I guess these birds are not enjoying a winning streak! They are not very high up my list of 'good looking' birds but I do admit to being rather taken by the close-up detail of the feathers. However what really gets my attention is the eye which looks so reptilian and reflects the common ancestry of birds and reptiles on the evolutionary highway. On that note I must get my head down as another 05:30 start is on the cards.