The average between the core body temperatures of humans (37°) and domestic pigeons (41°) is:
And 39°C was today’s hotpocolyptic weather reality (every breeze a burn) (bare shoulders sizzling) (exposed toenails aching). The shade was where all warm bodied creatures wanted to be, and preferably in repose. Some of the pigeons seemed more strategic with their bodily placement than others and I respected their nonchalance as they exposed a whole preening head or a dome full of breast to the sun-gaps*.
I, on the other hand, took a fly-by photo of this scene and uncourageous of the heat drew it in the comfort of air-conditioned shade.