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Pigeon fancier Gina Kerkovich stands in the flight

Pigeon fancier Gina Kerkovich stands in the flight corridor of her coop at her home in Islip Terrace. The flight corridor allows the birds to fly during the day while protecting them from escape and natural predators. (April 17, 2013) Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pigeon fanciers with show birds and racers share their sport in clubs.

Pigeon fancier Gina Kerkovich stands in the flight
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pigeon fancier Gina Kerkovich stands in the flight corridor of her coop at her home in Islip Terrace. The flight corridor allows the birds to fly during the day while protecting them from escape and natural predators. (April 17, 2013)

A Jacobin pigeon belonging to fancier John Nelson
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A Jacobin pigeon belonging to fancier John Nelson of Bohemia displays his feathers near his coop. The Jacobin is known for its feathered and ornate hood on either side of the head. (April 15, 2013)

A breeding pair of Tippler pigeons sit on
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A breeding pair of Tippler pigeons sit on eggs inside of the coop of Ed and Rosine Buraczewski at their home in Holbrook. (April 13, 2013)

Jean Midy, 35, of Bay Shore, releases his
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Jean Midy, 35, of Bay Shore, releases his stock of racing homers from their coop for their daily flight. Jean is new to the hobby and got his first birds near the end of 2012. (June 2, 2013)

Pigeon fancier Ivan Torres, 44, of Farmingdale, hand-feeds
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pigeon fancier Ivan Torres, 44, of Farmingdale, hand-feeds one of his young Tippler pigeons that he has raised since birth. Like any true fancier, Torres can distinguish each one of his birds from one another at a glance and even while they are in flight high up in the air. (May 29, 2013)

Official permits for flying pigeons, dating back to
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Official permits for flying pigeons, dating back to 1985 and issued by the town of Brookhaven, are displayed on the side of one of the coops of pigeon fancier David Fhagen at his home in Medford. (April 13, 2013)

One of Bobby Thompson's Tippler pigeons spreads its
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

One of Bobby Thompson's Tippler pigeons spreads its wings as she approaches for a landing on the loft at his home in Bay Shore. (April 21, 2013)

Keith Ramos, 11, of Brooklyn, comes to the
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Keith Ramos, 11, of Brooklyn, comes to the Babylon pigeon auction regularly with his father Hector. Together they raise Tipplers, Flights and Iranian High Flyers. (May 19, 2013)

An Indian Fantail pigeon spreadd its tail feathers
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

An Indian Fantail pigeon spreadd its tail feathers in its coop at the home of pigeon fancier John Nelson in Bohemia. (April 15, 2013)

Ed Buraczewski and his wife Rosine display awards
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Ed Buraczewski and his wife Rosine display awards won at pigeon shows over the years by the birds at their Holbrook home. Fancy pigeons are bred to perfection and judged to a specific standard based on criteria including feather count and color, anatomical measurements such as beak size and eye and feet color are also factors in judging. (April 13, 2013)

Pigeon fancier David Fhagen holds one of his
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pigeon fancier David Fhagen holds one of his prized short faced Budapest pigeons near the window of his coop at his home in Medford. (April 13, 2013)

Two sculptures of short-faced Budapest pigeons stand among
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Two sculptures of short-faced Budapest pigeons stand among trophies and awards won over the years by the birds of pigeon fancier David Fhagen of Medford. (April 13, 2013)

Slava Khaimov, 60, of Brooklyn, holds two of
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Slava Khaimov, 60, of Brooklyn, holds two of his prized Uzbek pigeons, a fancy breed known for their feathered feet, at the pigeon auction in Babylon. (April 21, 2013)

Pigeon fancier Manny Rivera shows the feather color
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pigeon fancier Manny Rivera shows the feather color and pattern on the wing of his 2-year-old racing homer pigeon. Pigeons are often evaluated on the color and quality of their feathers. (April 21, 2013)

Spectators watch as a new lot of racing
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Spectators watch as a new lot of racing and s how pigeons is brought out and displayed at this gathering in Babylon, where fanciers from Long Island and New York City gather weekly. (May 5, 2013)

One of Ed and Rosine Buraczewski's Tippler pigeons
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

One of Ed and Rosine Buraczewski's Tippler pigeons stands near the window of their home coop in Holbrook. (April 13, 2013)

Pigeon fancier Bobby Thompson, 67, of Bay Shore,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pigeon fancier Bobby Thompson, 67, of Bay Shore, keeps his eye on a hawk gliding in the distance, looking to prey on a pigeon, while his birds take their daily flights. (April 21, 2013)

A racing homer named Godzilla takes flight in
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

A racing homer named Godzilla takes flight in the Islip Terrace coop of Gina Kerkovich. (April 17, 2013)

Tipplers and homer pigeons, bred and raised by
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Tipplers and homer pigeons, bred and raised by pigeon fancier Bobby Thompson, fly over his loft in Bay Shore. (April 21, 2013)

Gus Coletti, 78, of Babylon, holds one of
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Gus Coletti, 78, of Babylon, holds one of the short-faced pigeons in his coop. The veteran pigeon fancier lost all birds due to flooding and damage during superstorm Sandy and is working to rebuild his stock of birds. (May 20, 2013)

Pigeon fancier John Nelson of Bohemia holds one
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Pigeon fancier John Nelson of Bohemia holds one of his prized Jacobin pigeons. This fancy breed is known for its feathered and ornate hood on either side of its head. (April 15, 2013)

Several Tippler pigeons wait to be fed inside
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Several Tippler pigeons wait to be fed inside the Farmingdale coop of pigeon fancier Ivan Torres, 44. Torres has been raising pigeons since he was a young boy growing up in the Bronx. (May 29, 2013)

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