For as long as pigeon fanciers have kept, raised, and competed with their beloved birds, the debate about whether ‘Eye Sign’ is just a theory or something else has raged.
The volumes that have been written in support of using ‘Eye Sign’ as a grading and or condition tools are too numerous to list. The amount of pages dedicated disproving ‘Eye Sign’ as a crackpot theory are just as numerous.
The advent of social media and for fanciers worldwide to connect, share ideas, and show off their champions and lofts has added tremendous value to the sport. Ideas that once would take years to become mainstream now spread at light speed. Discussions about ‘Eye Sign’ are not immune.
A short 9 second video was posted on a Taiwan fanciers Facebook page on February 2, 2017 and clearly shows how a person with computer editing skills can manipulate aspects of an eye to appear better or more desirable.
The idea of ‘photoshopping’ is not new, manipulated photos of pigeons blanket every magazine, webpage, and auction site worldwide. The understanding is that sellers want to present their birds in the best light to bring the highest amount of money possible. What is not accepted is the idea that a photo is manipulated to exaggerate features that some consider more desirable; like what we are seeing in these pictures.
Facebook video link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=401655846837516&id=100009793129027
In these series of screenshots, you can see what the original eye photo. In the last picture, you can clearly see that the bird’s pupil was shrunk down to a more desirable size; thus giving the false impression the bird may have qualities that it does not possess.
A picture (in this case a video) is worth a thousand words…..