Bird Feeding, Paris
Honestly we expected to see much more pigeons in Paris. We had stereotype "Paris, the city of love, lights, cafes, and… pigeons"...
Later we found out that "Paris is installing pigeon lofts throughout the city in its latest attempt to control the population of the birds that leave their droppings on the French capital's monuments."
Sounds like they don't want to eliminate pigeons from the city, just to control their population. Even some people see them as a "Public Enemy Number One". The city authorities say the birds are invading the city and their population is growing too fast.
Any how it's a part of Paris charm and the postal history (for example: the pigeon post was in operation during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871) .
Locals feed them and woun't give up their pets.
Feeding pigeons is illegal in France. "Pigeons gather in places where they find food: parks and gardens. But these are also places where people who fancy pigeons come to feed them. To combat this, the municipality tracks down people who feed them, so well in fact that the pigeon feeders have to come at night. They have to act quickly so they are not seen, and they leave all the food in the same spot. That’s why the pigeons always come back to the same spots."
Take some bread with you and the birds will eat from your hand.
The picture was taken in front of the Notre Dame.
Look at his face, kids enjoy this.
Statues and pigeons are like bread & butter or ... well -- very seldom do you see such a perfect example as this, which I caught in the Palais Royal gardens.