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It’s a little known fact that feral pigeons bathe just once a year. On Christmas Day, they gather together at well-known bathing spots for a giant mid-winter splash. One of the most popular locations in Wales is Cardiff Bay and I was lucky enough to witness today’s big event.

The birds take it in turns to bathe from the rocks, then line up on adjacent railings to dry off and preen.

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For some birds the cleansing process is so dramatic that they even change colour from grey to white!

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