Thursday/ where to, pigeon?

This carrier pigeon (I assume it’s one! looking at the rings on its feet) landed on my hotel balcony.   I suppose it’s taking a little break from its travel back to its home.    The homingpigeon.com website features a solar wind meter (indicating the strength of disruptions caused in the earth magnetic field by flare-ups on the surface of the sun) .. but there is evidence that the birds actually use freeways and man-made structures to navigate with.

In September 2009, a South African IT company based in Durban pitted an 11-month-old bird ‘Winston’ armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country’s biggest internet service provider, Telkom.  The pigeon took 1 hr 8 mins to carry the data 80 km (50 miles).   That turned out to be vastly quicker than the ADSL connection could deliver the data !   (I believe the ADSL connection speed will beat the pigeon today).

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