Bob Swanson pets a young pigeon to help with bonding.
A pigeon flies across the loft at Bob Swanson's home in Galesburg. Swanson, after years of racing homing pigeons, switched to raising white pigeons.
A pigeon is forced outside for the first time of the year. The birds are kept indoors during the winter.
Bob checks the leg identification band marking the age of a pigeon.
Bob clips nails as part of his health care for the birds.
The birds sit in their boxes.
Two pigeons with a small squab.
Bob Swanson rings the bell to alert the birds of feeding time. Over time the birds will be condition to return to the loft when they hear the bell ring.
Bob Swanson watches as pigeons fly around his house.
A pigeon flies in the loft.