Monday, August 3, 2015

Seeing Crows in a Different Light

The photographs taken in the blog a few days ago called "The Good Light," were taken at this same location. There are two small ramps the landowners use for launching boats. The light was nice, but there wasn't anything going on.

Then, a couple of American Crows showed up to enliven things. Crows almost always travel in a family unit. You may only see one, but it is a sure bet the rest are scattered out over the nearby area working as a team to find food that can be shared by the flock. A flock of crows is called a "murder" and I'll bet you can guess why.

Despite some of their unseemly character qualities, they are interesting birds to watch. I couldn't determine what had caught their interest in the water below this log, but they spent a good deal of time there. Murders are usually related family members which often consist of offspring from previous years.

When the last one flew away, it had something in it's bill. If I had to guess, I would say it was a snail, but I could be wrong. Crows are much more social than many other birds. Siblings from previous years actually participate in bringing food to new nestlings.

Dark birds are difficult to photograph, but crows are about the worse. It can be a real problem trying to coax any detail from their black bodies. That is part of the reason I like this picture so much. I nailed the contrast between the crow and the water. Their level of intelligence also seems to be a cut above most other birds.

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