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one I will aptly title “The other side of the coin”
from the base colour yellow.
A big hello from me to all the eyesign followers and readers of
the British Homing World, in one of my last showcase features (which
now seems like a lifetime ago). I put up in my showcase six eyesign
photographs all which were derived from the base colour Blue, now
in my own eyesign studies which has now nearly reached three decades
of trial and error I reached the conclusion (some time ago now I
might add) that the pigmentation in and around the No 2 circle (the
colour circle) in eyesign all come down and are variants of just
two base colours (blue) and (yellow). This section of my feature
will appear very basic for the not so clues up and novice eyesigners
who might be reading it, the reason being is just as in all things
pigeon too much is taken for granted and not enough thought put
into explaining things so that the not so experienced fanciers can
get a grasp on what we are trying to put across, so back to basics
Right! Blue, Yellow, then what does it all mean ? is one colour
any better than any other? No! would be the most appropriate and
honest answer that I could give, you see the base colour of the
eye makes not one iota of difference to the (full picture) which
is known as the eyesign.
We have been taught in the past to look for the all-conquering “GREEN”
because we have been led to believe that this colour is only to
be found in the eyesign of the supreme breeders! Utter Rubbish!
Breeding eyes come in all shades and colours as do the racing eyes,
it’s the signs and marks that are contained within the five
circles that tell us the full story and enables us to sort the wheat
from the chaff or to put it another way the good from the bad, or
even the good and the excellent! then came those that coveted the
Dominant Violet! Because they were also deemed as superior breeding
eyes! In actual fact there is no such thing as a dominant violet
with it coming from the base colour blue which is recessive to the
base colour yellow, can any of us wonder why the eyesign theory
has had the credibility kicked out of it for years on end? This
whole hate eyesign campaign has been brought about by the band of
here today gone tomorrow eyesign experts that’s come into
our midst as the years have rolled bye, and on that note I would
just like to add here and now and for the record that there is only
one man that I admire for the time and effort that he has put into
eyesign theory and his teachings of it! Yes you’ve got it,
my good friend Brian May from Rotherham.
Through a lifetime in this sport Brian May has helped out hundreds
of pigeon men with one thing or another “myself included”
a man after my own heart he has his own beliefs and findings regarding
eyesign likes a challenge and kids no-one! I for one feel very lucky
to have him for a friend!
So now back on with the job in hand, I will put up for your scrutiny
and pleasure six eyesign photographs Yellows/Golds (from the other
side of the coin) all the eyesigns featured belong to one family
of mega- successful inbred Bricoux pigeons that come from the very
same loft as did those cracking six “Violet Eyes” that
I featured in the first part of this article (some time ago now)
but iam sure all you keen eye-men will remember the one! Who could
forget it? All from the land down under (Australia) yes now you’ve
got it! Its hard to believe that so much class is housed under the
one roof, well I can show you these eyes but as I promised this
fancier from the start he will remain incognito, you see he wants
no publicity so I will respect his wishes, I will give you a full
breakdown (Evaluation) of each eye as I take you on another eyesign
journey “down under” are we all ready? Lets get cracking
no 1, Wow! What a monster of a class act breeding eye!
This one is a “Green” like I’ve just been talking
about but believe me this one is “the business”
PUPIL: it gives us the impression of being distorted or misshapen
but this is due to the amount of “cut-ins” plus the
odd cluster here and there within this pupil “ both being
top breeding traits” a well above average content within!
Pointing us towards breeding.
COLOUR CIRCLE: a totally mind blowing ultra wide green! Being
both very wide and heavy with striking depth of pigmentation,
this is the type of eye-makeup that we must try obtain in pigeons
deemed for the stock loft, this one is the colour circle at its
ADAPTION CIRCLE: What? Yes there is plenty in there if we look
for it! It appears as light whispy grey lines and shapes all over
the place in this circle, adding to the character we already see
within the colour circle we then see these signs sitting in there
also, telling us again “breeder”
IRIS: this one is a dark red, well granulated and just look to
those mountain-ranges and valleys, this shows us that this bird
belongs to a strong die hard long distance close knit family of
racing pigeons, this one just happens to be one of the producers.
OUTER CIRCLE: this circle is hard to evaluate due to this photo
shot “see that black shadow” but those of you with
the trained eye will be able to just about make it out! And those
readers who want to win big races should try to get hold of a
good stock bird with a similar type of eyesign and build up a
loft from it!
Eyesign no2: well here we have a right old shocker!
This one just leaps off the page at you oozing class! An awesome
PUPIL: and again this one also comes across egg-shaped and just
as the previous one this is due to cut-ins all around the outside
perimeter of this pupil which is itself jet black and showing
plenty of clusters in there.
COLOUR CIRCLE: another very wide colour circle we have here this
time in a full yellow with very rich pigmentation both thick and
bold well defined could be likened to a fireball. A very attractive
and valuable circle of eyesign is this one that of a crack racing
pigeon that would produce the goods also when coupled up with
a complimentary eyesign that shouldn’t be over-strong.
ADAPTION CIRCLE: as we should expect with this type of racing
eye, the adaption is most prominent down in the racing segment
(between 3 & 7 o clock, see the composition here at its strongest
but the thin grey whispy lines of light composition flow all around
in this sign if you look for them, I would deem the breeding side
secondary in this particular sign.
IRIS: and what a truly brilliant pillarbox-red racing iris we
see here, premiership league with not a trace of weakness in these
racing signs, this eye belongs to a racing champion and I know
that most of my followers wont be one bit surprised to learn that,
it makes no difference what colour they are we just need plenty
like this one in our race teams.
OUTER CIRCLE: here we have a composite gold outer circle maybe
not the most prominent I`ve ever seen but there’s enough
for racing purpose “that’s for sure” the full
picture on this one is a full strength racing eyesign.
Eyesign no3: so straight into another top class eyesign, but breeder
this time! Which shows just about everything needed in the eye
of a top producer.
PUPIL: are you getting to grips with these oval-shaped pupils
yet? Because here we have another one packed with breeding signs
in there so many that it just has to look odd shaped, there’s
so many cut-ins all around its perimeter “an overspill from
the adaption circle” and then all those composite clusters
all over the place they appear as a ring of grey coloured dots
over the pupils surface, very special signs in here!
COLOUR CIRCLE: A composite yellow this time! Now look back quickly
at eye no2 another yellow, but they are nothing alike are they?
This is down to the amount of composition going on in here it
makes the yellow in this circle look dirty because of that grey
wash all over it! And believe it or not but some judges mistake
this colour for the green, this circle is very wide plenty of
it and marries-up well the eye complete, this can be seen around
11 o clock which shows us the full-eye of the breeder!
ADAPTION CIRCLE: big, bold, and beautiful! very well serrated
with a full circle which encases the pupil as well, again packed
with inner-rings “another top breeding sign” this
circle shows just what we need in the breeding department.
IRIS: a dark red iris is this one with a good amount of granulation
contained within, now look towards 8 o clock to see it hit and
run through the adaption circle “you don’t see this
too often” this is another gem of a circle coming complete
with all the definition and character of a top drawer breeder.
OUTER CIRCLE: not the widest of outer circles is this one but
it is present in a yellow hue this time and with so much being
packed into this full-eye then something has to give and in this
case it is of course the outer circle but no detriment because
this eyesign has got so much of all else which compensates this
shortfall, this is the eyesign of a world class producer.
Eyesign No 4, Now here we do see the family connection!
Which is more than evident at a very first glance, so lets now
just see how much alike is this one in comparison to the first
Pupil: as expected within this family we see a pupil giving us
that oval appearance again, and lots of cut-ins all around the
outer edge of this pupil, with no surprise either that clusters
are evident in here look particularly towards the bottom segment
of this pupil, some “Ace Breeding” signs we see here.
Colour circle: another yellow but not rayed or “Run-out”
as far as the previous colour circles we have looked at, but in
its favour this circle does at certain points run right through
all else and marries-up all five circles of eyesign which is more
evident towards the bottom of this circle.
Adaption Circle: this comes as a two shaded composite, and see
that super racing segment, big, bold, dark and very well serrated,
especially between 4 and 9 o clock, after 9 o clock and beyond
it does lighten up to a light grey shade of composition and in
doing so allows us to see those inner-rings which are a much needed
breeding sign! This one we must class as a dual purpose Racer/Breeder
eyesign, it will do both very well but this one does exceed in
the racing department.
Iris: and yet again the similarities or family traits showing
through in this dark-red iris as with the rest of the family we
can see a good depth of granulation showing through with one or
two ridges sitting about, a good depth of colour and quite a bit
going on in here making this iris rather interesting!
Outer Circle: we can see very clearly here with this one a good
composite yellow outer circle, coming into the eye very well and
is masked by the composition which once again is showing us breeding
capabilities and although I am repeating myself here this one
is a complete package! It does both! But it is a super racer.
No 5: you should all be thinking by now, What a family
of eye`s ? because these six pigeons eyesigns featured have between
them everything you would need to create a family of racers capable
of winning every thing in front of them if handled in the right
manner, so from strength to strength on we go with eye 5.
Pupil: A FACT! They don’t come much better than this one
for breeding, and once again full of cut-ins with plenty of clusters
just look at the outside edge of this pupil particularly around
the bottom segment, this is breeding sign in excellence!
Colour Circle: yellow once again here but very wide, bold and
an excellent degree of pigmentation, see the character where the
adaption colour and iris all connect! At its best towards the
front of this eye, this is the most striking colour circle out
of these six eyes featured.
Adaption Circle: totally brilliant are the only words with which
to describe this one! Coming wide, well serrated and of the dark
grey shade being choc-a-bloc with inner-rings and once again I
would judge this one as the best adaption circle of this feature,
and make no mistake this one is another top drawer stock pigeon
which is responsible for no end of big winners.
Iris: we have got there in the end! Another dark-red iris and
just like the rest of this featured family plenty of depth and
character but just look at those masses of deep valleys and mountain-ranges
which go right out into the extremities (outer circle) so far
I’ve found top signs in each circle contained this one for
me is the ultimate breeding eye, with so much going on in there!
Outer Circle: a shame but once again this photo angle does this
circle no justice at all! But if you look at the front of this
eye then you will see the dark composite outer coming into the
iris and with a breeder of this calibre we shouldn’t expect
Eyesign No 6: The last in this feature and so
ive kept this monster of a full dark circle till last, not that
it’s the best (not by far) but because it shows the durability
of this family and ties up all the other eyes ive featured, you
can see some of this one in each photograph if you look carefully,
so lets get on with it!
Pupil: no shocks here it comes just as the others do! Jet-black
looking oval shaped, its hard defining the signs contained here
for you because look what’s sat right along side it! Yes
that massive full black, but with careful study you can see that
just like the rest it does contain the cut-ins and clusters, they
are difficult to see because they are composite but they are there!
Colour Circle: a nice wide yellow, although we cant see that much
of it! The reason being is because its masked by that huge adaption
circle hovering over it, anyway that what can be seen is good
in depth and granulation knitting well into it and running right
through the iris at a couple of points, see 11, 12, and 3 o clock.
Adaption circle: Now my friends! The biggest mistake that most
fanciers make is to believe that what we are seeing here is eyesign!
(That big black circle) and nothing else, completely wrong!!!
It is a part of the full picture but by no means is it the most
important, never forget there are five circles of eyesign to evaluate
and not just one! Don’t be thrown by just a big dark circle!
However this full black is exceptionally wide and well serrated
being pumped full of inner-rings, I must admit this circle is
very impressive looking but there are better signs featured here!
Iris: a dark-red once again with plenty of granulation contained
at first but goes rather flat at it moves out towards the outer
Outer Circle: as I would expect nice and wide as outer circles
go and very darkly serrated matching up with that massive adaption
circle which of course points towards breeder, iam not convinced
that this pigeon is one of the better ones in this showcase, for
me its eyesign no1 that’s the winner here! Theres something
for all you winter show eyesign judges to ponder over, and that’s
about it for now so until next showcase keep looking in their
by: Rob Woollis