“On 30th July 2012 morning at around 7.30am, a very interesting and beautiful pigeon super battle flight manoeuver attacked a human – at Commonwealth Avenue West.
“Standing beside the bus stop, I looked up into the sky, at the pine and mango trees. From the corner of my left eye I noticed a large grey pigeon with wings spread out (like an eagle getting ready to attack a prey), flying, charging towards my direction, about 3m away and 3m above the ground. Surprised! Very Shocked, yes.
“It flew very fast, dropped 2 poops about 2m in front as it came nearer and flew pass, just overhead.
“Thanks to BESGroup website information on territorial battles and birds attacking preys, within that few seconds I sensed danger. The pigeon was attacking me. I dodged to the left and was spared being hit or clawed. If it did planned to claw or hit me.
“It flew away and perched on a lamp post on my left about 1.5m away as though nothing has happened.
“Sensing danger, I left the site immediately. Did not know what to do, very frightened, first time attacked by a bird, even though it was a pigeon. I could have been hit or attacked by its claws, or turned into a mass attack soon, that would be bad.
“I have not heard of pigeons attacking humans!
“Help! I don’t want to be attacked again!”
4th August 2012
Note: Samantha subsequently sent in the image above as the type of pigeon involved. It is a Rock Pigeon (Columba livia).