• A group of bird flying enthusiasts

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    A group of bird flying enthusiasts on a roof in an Old Delhi neighbourhood. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • Pigeon breeds such as Mag Pie, Shirazi and Basra

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    Pigeon breeds such as Mag Pie, Shirazi and Basra cost anywhere between Rs. 5,000 and 20,000. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • Ustad Shadi Lal Sharma

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    Ustad Shadi Lal Sharma (60), a veteran bird keeper in Old Delhi, inherited the sport from his father. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • Pigeons are released in batches

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    Pigeons are released in batches to take rounds in the sky. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • Birds identify their owners

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    Birds identify their owners by unique whistles and sounds they make. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • Pigeons are kept in coops

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    Pigeons are kept in coops according to their breed and gender. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • A bird keeper

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    A bird keeper inspects the wings of a pigeon. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • At home in the coop

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    At home in the coop. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • Birds return to eat

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    After a trip in the sky, the birds return to eat. (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

  • Pigeons the roof of Mohammad Sajid

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    Pigeons the roof of Mohammad Sajid, a bird keeper in Old Delhi's Matia Mahal. http://read.ht/rPt (Photo: GURINDER OSAN/HT)

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