I had always wanted to check out the cock fights but they were held at night and didn’t allow flash photography so I usually missed them. This year the adverts said they would begin at 4 pm so I showed up, cameras at the ready only to find a nearly empty auditorium.
I waited around and made some new friends.
And I waited some more…
Various people arrived with their fighting birds and all had to be weighed in.
The police arrived, automatic weapons and all, and even they were bored.
Too many beers, too long a wait.
The sun began to set, the lights came on, and the activity increased.
Note the roulette wheel. Between bouts, they sell tickets for the wheel and then spin it and pay the winner 10 – 1. However there are 12 numbers so they make 2 ticket sales each spin of the wheel.
It’s dark now. They fooled me again. Four hours after I arrived, the scene was just about set to do battle.
Sergio and Santos were there filming the action.
Loading the bird up with razor spurs. The scenes after this are not for the squeamish nor for animal activists.
Blood is spilled. One cock wins, the other dies.
Nice little birdie!
The photography part was difficult. The lights were not bright and flash was not allowed. Next time I will know better.