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."

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