The Pigeons Eye

If you think that I am going to reveal to you the mystery of the pigeon eye, then you are mistaken. No-one with a pigeon in their hand can see every quality of the pigeon by looking into it’s eye. That is a fantasy. Yet there are some people who can read more things from a pigeon eye than you would expect. This takes considerable practice and after practicing a great deal you gain experience. Allow yourself to be helped by a magnifier which magnifies 15 times. Or get measured for glasses with special magnifying glass. Piet de Weerd uses such glasses when he is examining pigeon eyes. There is no shame or eccentricity then in using such glasses and as the proverb goes: every little bit helps.

The first thing we notice about a pigeon eye, even without optical aids, is the pupil. The pupil is nothing more than an opening in the coloured iris and the deep black is nothing more than a piece of the retina. Images are broken by the lens at the front of the eye and projected smaller onto the retina. The nerve endings present there transmit the images (read: prickles) further to the brain and there the prickles are converted into images: the pigeon sees.