Friday, 22 February 2013
A picture of the top German racer "The Book". As a young bird, he was 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th and his nestmate also added a 2nd and a 6th. The pigeon was bred (and named) by the super fancier Dieter Siebert of Germany. The pigeon also happens to be the full brother to my pigeon "The German"
(see picture below).
"The German" - Bred by Dieter Siebert of Germany.
The nestmate to "The German" finished 182 in the South African race and should be shipped here shortly.
Eye of "The German"
Inbred Horemans off the great racer, The Mealy Cock -Recently Sold
Eye of the Mealy Cock
If you look very carefully, you will see four yellow dots in this eye that look something like a tiger paw. This is a very good picture of a very small cluster. Clusters tend to get bigger with age. I have always wondered if the number of spots grow or if the existing spots grow in size, but this particular cock is two years old and the number of spots has not changed.
The Daughter to the Mealy Cock
If you look very carefully, you will see that she also has a cluster that is not as pronounced as the father's, but it will eventually be bigger than his as the beads of the cluster grow.
The Qualls Hen - Placed well in the Snowbird Race - Part of the Survivor Pair
Eye of the Qualls Hen
The Survivor Cock - Son to the Survivor Hen which won the Survivor Series as a seven year old. Also Mother to a 600 mile winner.
Eye of the Survivor Cock
The Super Cock (Right), was recently sold.
Son of Ed's 550 Mile and Championship Points Winning Hen, which is the sister of Silver Streak and Quick Silver
Currently mated to:
The Super 973 - Recently Sold
I race all my pigeons on the natural system. Young birds are trained privately, yearlings get some more training and then are sent to France for 2 or 3 races with the combine to 300 miles. As two year olds I assess each individual pigeon to see if I think they have finished their physical development and if so then and only then are they ready to race the long distance.The emphasis is very much that birds are individuals and by not racing them with any expectation until they are 2 years old I get plenty of oppurtunity to assess each pigeons peak nest condition, this is the art of the natural fancier to discover if each individual prefers a certain nest position, eggs, youngsters, both! This coupled with a natural environment and limiting exposure to stress alllows me to get the maximum performance from my small race team.
Below is Indy only two hours after being timed to win the most prestigous long distance race in England, flying 571 miles in extreme conditions with the English channel to cross at the end, to race like this they must love their home!
Racing the long distance needs special birds of blue blood, bred to fly all day in any weather, for this reason I purchased the very finest Dutch long distance blood from the distance matador, Ton Bollebakker of Laren and right away they show their class
Figure 1: The dove was sent forth from the Ark to find evidence that the waters of the universal flood were receding. The olive branch which the dove carried in its beak was good news for all of us!A pigeon was the form taken by the Holy Ghost at the baptism of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, by St. John The Baptist.
Figure 2: The Holy Ghost, the third person of the Blessed Trinity, has traditionally been represented as a dove descending from heaven.
Pigeons were involved in the building of great empires, the amassing of vast fortunes, great sieges of important cities, the great communication routes of the east, the great wars of history, the opening of important Olympic games, the feeding of entire countries or the duping and undermining of entire peoples and civilizations together with the undermining of science. It is this last point (the undermining of science) that I intend to briefly comment upon in this short article.
I am not a geneticist or biologist, nor ornithologist, or for that matter scientist of any sort. I am but a life long breeder of pigeons. My day to day occupation is that of an independent book publisher and my formal training is in the field of history.
Figure 3: "The Pigeon Guide," a recently published book by
In a very real sense I am probably (that is my pigeon breeding self) the type of person that Darwin sought out, listened to, discussed with and learned from in order to better focus his own evolving ideas.
I can still remember, when I was quite young, possibly in the fourth grade, circa 1960, when I heard the term "evolution" for the first time followed by the name of its co-founder "Darwin." I had arrived in
Figure 4: Photo Of Darwin in later life together with an image of his "The Origin of Species." This image was taken from a site entitled www.btinternet.com/~glynhughes/ squashed/darwin.htm and is used with permission. Most people are unaware that
I was fascinated by pigeons and Darwin was equally fascinated by and studied pigeons.
"Believing that it is always best to study some special group, I have joined two of the
Figure 5: Highly developed show specimen "Blue Vision" known as a British Show Racer, bred and perfected by many including by author, stockman, Douglas McLeary of the
His supposed understanding of the pigeon amongst other forms ultimately led to the formulation of a theory so powerful that we are still suffering from its effects a century and a half later. He was to convince himself that selection, eventually to be referred to as "Natural Selection" was the primordial engine by which all life was to forever move from lesser forms to higher forms, from less complicated to always more refined, more adapted and more complicated forms. The pinnacle of this process culminating in man himself! Here, in his own words, is the essence of his belief and hypothesis:"Such variability may be attributed to the conditions of life, to use and disuse. But I am convinced that Selection is by far the predominant Power." 
Today, the mantra of evolution is heard everywhere, repeated everywhere, (in the home, at the schools, in the churches and in the parliaments of the world). Yet clearly it is understood by virtually no one and misunderstood by virtually everyone!
Figure 6: Specialist pigeon fanciers in New York have spent the last half of the 20th century perfecting the finer qualities of the
known as the "Flight." Photo courtesy of Ronda Mariani.
It certainly seems to me that Darwin's work itself has been subject to this supposed evolution, for it (Darwin's work) began as a hypothesis, then quickly evolved into a theory, and with the passage of only a brief amount of additional time emerged fully mutated into an entity more akin to a religion than to science. A pseudo religion, in many cases a type of state religion, a religion of the supposed enlightened. Oddly enough in the 21st Century science itself has taken a back seat to this new, politically correct religion! Evolution - religion for those who have freed themselves permanently of all need of religion. How very odd yet here is what was written of "Darwin's dangerous idea"... "This is what Daniel Dennett called 'Darwin's dangerous idea' - that natural selection can be seen as governing, not only the world's flora and fauna, but even its history, its economics and its ideas. Even religious ideas, it seems, are subject to the same laws of advancement as all other things, "multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die." 
Figure 7: "Medallion Cock" a Champion British Show Racer bred by Douglas McLeary of the
I have read many articles by pigeon enthusiasts that often make reference to Darwin and evolution. Many talk of how the pigeon has evolved and how it is still evolving. It would seem to me, if this were in fact a truth, that such knowledge, in the hands of really dedicated pigeon breeders would be an awesome (awesome power in the sense of what a pigeon breeder could achieve in transforming his charges) power. Yet for the 41 years that I have bred the racing (as well as other pigeons) I find my experience as a breeder of animals, and my observations at constant odds with all that Darwin wrote and imagined. When you choose to breed animals, any animals and certainly when you have done so for as many years as I have, you begin to come to certain conclusions, regardless of what has or has not been postulated or hypothesized. In time I would come to write the following from my observations (which appeared in racing pigeon publications worldwide) and my hands on experience, with breeding pigeons (but certainly totally applicable to any animal or plant form):
Figure 8: The racing pigeon, as we now know it, is the result of two centuries of total dedication to selective breeding on the part of racing pigeon fanciers. The modern racing pigeon breeds true but it is a hybrid that combined the best qualities of many different pigeon varieties. The careful combination of the finest qualities of all of these different varieties resulted in a highly developed homing instinct, aerodynamic body, tremendous heart (nearly twice the size of a regular pigeon's heart) and indestructible constitution, making the racing pigeon the ultimate flying machine. Pictured above is "Phar Lap" a great-great grandson of St. Thomas, bred by Silvio Mattacchione, in 1997. Phar Lap was the Kwartha Northshore Combine Champion as well as The Oshawa Racing Pigeon Club Old Bird Champion for 1998. He flew 4,500 kilometers in 10 weeks.
"If you wish to breed good pigeons, or good animals of any kind, you must come to truly understand this simple truth. What truth? Well, the simple truth is that Nature abhors order. Nature is the great equalizer; Nature does not willingly admit of extremes. Left to herself, Nature reverts to the common form. Nature never progresses from less order to greater order, but always from order to disorder if left to her designs.
Most current livestock survive in the form in which they exist because they are beneficial to man in that form. They exist in that form because expert herdsmen (or geneticists, scientists, and others) have applied known genetic principles to common stock so as to modify them to their own ends, i.e., more milk, more meat, more eggs, faster horse, and so on. If man took himself out of the equation, the result would be a reversion or extinction of the form." 
Without really knowing it, nor having studied it , my experience with breeding the racing pigeon, had lead me to enunciated, in my own words, a well know universal law of science. That is the second law of thermodynamics often called the law of entropy!
Figure 9: This exceptional variety know as a "Satinette" has required tremendous work in developing the incredibly complicated features of the head and beak. Someone, a fancier, had a vision, clarified it in his own mind, prepared drawings of what his mind's eye saw and then spent his entire life working out hundreds and possibly thousands of breedings in an attempt to achieve the standard that he envisioned. Most often these works of art are established over many generations of pigeon fanciers. Photo courtesy of Ronda Mariani.
"Regarding the second law of thermodynamics (universally accepted scientific law which states that all things left to themselves will tend to run down) or the law of entropy, it is observed, "It would hardly be possible to conceive of two more completely opposite principles than this principle of entropy increase and the principle of evolution. Each is precisely the converse of the other. As (Aldous) Huxley defined it, evolution involves a continual increase of order, of organization, of size, of complexity. It seems axiomatic that both cannot possibly be true. But there is no question whatever that the second law of thermodynamics is true."  It is further worthy of note that these two universal laws (the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics) are based upon literally thousands of scientific experiments, with no known exceptions.
"These laws state that any natural process would involve conservation (1st law) and disintegration (2nd law). Evolution demands "integration and development" and is therefore impossible." 
What has happened to and in the minds of people, of all levels, of all disciplines, is that they can no longer understand that "truth can never be in contradiction to truth." I remember well the words of David Goldstein LL.D. in a series of letters he wrote in 1943 where he said as follows:
"Although faith is above reason, there can never be disagreement between faith and reason, because the same God who has revealed the mysteries and communicated faith, has also given to the human mind the natural light of reason, and we know that God cannot contradict Himself, nor can truth ever be in contradiction with truth. Not only can faith and reason never be in discord, but they lend each other mutual help; right reason demonstrates the foundation of faith, and enlightened by the light of faith, it develops the science of divine things; faith , on the other hand, frees and protects reason from error and enriches it with knowledge of many kinds. The Church, therefore, far from being opposed to the study of the arts and sciences, favors these studies and propagates them in a thousand ways."  In the face of these two universal laws why is it that evolution is taught to our children as fact? Certainly it makes no scientific sense. If not science then what? Well the answer certainly seems to be summed up nicely in the following quotation from D.M.S.Watson
"Evolution itself is accepted by zoologists, not because it has been observed to occur or can be proved by logical coherent evidence, but because the only alternative -- special creation -- is clearly incredible." 
What does all of this really mean? Well in simplest terms it certainly seems to indicate that many scientists (geneticists, biologists, botanists, zoologists, anthropologists, paleontologists, etc.) have chosen, for many reasons (most of which have nothing to do with science) to close their collective eyes to the immutable laws of science. In essence they choose to survive in this politically correct, modern world. In most cases they do what needs to be done. Educators, who have little or no expertise of their own, in any of these areas but who, in many cases, are subject to all of the same survival and promotional considerations as the scientists in question, just do their jobs. Children world wide walk away dazed and confused. Little wonder then what we currently see around us.W.R.Thompson, who is certainly pro-evolution, in his introduction to Origin of Species by Darwin, (page 90) had the following observation to make:
"This situation, where men rally to the defense of a doctrine they are unable to define scientifically, much less demonstrate with scientific rigor, attempting to maintain its credit with the public by the suppression of criticism and the elimination of difficulties, is abnormal and undesirable in science."
What have I learned as a stockman? I know for a fact that no biologist can give any evidence that shows that any species has evolved from another. I know through observation that new varieties of plants can and are developed, as are new varieties of animals but this process cannot in any way be referred to as evolution. Yet clearly"Finally, then, the facts briefly given in this chapter do not seem to me opposed to, but even rather to support the view, that there is no fundamental distinction between species and varieties." 
(was?) seemed to be confused (willingly so?) by this very simple distinction.
He glossed over it, confused it, made light of it and sought to even have
it prove what any novice stock breeder knew intuitively and that is that
variety and species were fundamentally of a different order. Here is what
Darwin had to say in his Chapter
VIII on Hybridism in his "Origin
of Species": Darwin