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Balearic Federation of Colombophile talks about racing on the Balearic Islands

One of the places where you probably don't hear about their pigeon fanciers is the Balearic Islands. These are located in the Mediterranean Sea, belonging to Spanish territory.

Balearic pigeon racing, like many other maritime pigeon fanciers, is difficult to reach extremes, especially when distances increase.

At the end of the 19th century, on the island of Mallorca, there were already many pigeon fanciers. The first society was formed with the name of “Mallorca Pigeon Pigeon Society” in 1899. Nowadays, the training sessions begin on the same island, which are a maximum of 60 km away.

At the beginning of the season we jump from one island to another as the calendar progresses and that means trips of about 140 km. By overcoming this barrier, the season continues on the peninsula, with an average distance (in Mallorca) of 300 km. Next, we move away and reach points that are 550 km away (Granada), 750 km (Marbella), up to 950 km, in Huelva, on the border with Portugal. 

This last modality is what we intend to talk about, because the Balearic pigeons have something that others (except the Canary Islands or other maritime or hard places) do not have... It is a very powerful claw to return to their loft because they easily can lose track of the Island, depending on the wind. Few pigeons come back on time from this distance which makes the returning pigeon valued even more.

It is important for us to make the Balearic level known to the rest of the world so they realize that on these small and unknown islands a very powerful and complicated pigeon racing is carried out, which makes it also meritorious.