The Bare-Eyed Pigeon is native to the coasts of Colombia, Venezuela, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Margarita, and Blanquilla.

This one perched outside our balcony railing in Curaçao just long enough for me to catch a photo. The black around his eyes makes me think he looks like he was in a barroom brawl.

In post processing, I tried resetting the perspective to make the railings straight. I also tried editing the railings out altogether. In the end, my preference was to leave the railings as shot, because they seemed to provide an apt frame.

“Pigeons are among the most maligned urban wildlife despite the fact that human beings brought them to our shores and turned them loose in our cities – not something that they chose.”

Ingrid Newkirk