Many pigeons still missing

Around 60 homing pigeons are still missing after vanishing while racing across southern skies on the opening day of duck-shooting season.

About 100 of the birds were released by the Canterbury Pigeon Flying Club in Invercargill on May 3 to take part in a six-hour race back to their pens in Christchurch.

Unfortunately, only 30 of the pigeons showed up, and club members suspected a combination of bad weather on race day and overeager duck-shooters might have played a part in their disappearance.

Yesterday, club president Steven Hann said a handful of pigeon survivors had turned up in the past few days, including one bird found at Milford Sound and a second by a woman at Kaitangata.

He was confident more of the birds would return to their pens.

"You might get them even two or three months later," he said.

"There's still a chance most of them will get home."

Add a Comment



Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter