Bob Eaton is one of the top racing pigeon geneticists around. He was responsible for creating a family that included barless, browns, indigos, almonds, fadeds, reduced, recessive reds, and others. All these birds flew. I still have a reduced check hen in my loft that I received as a squeaker in 1996 from Bob and that bird has been to the 600 miles station three times now. Bertie, too, has been a top flyer in southern California for many, many years.