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Carrion Crow

Carrion Crow
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon AF-S VR F4 200 - 400mm 1:4G ED, Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-04 11:45
Viewed: 5691
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image is one of several from a visit to a park less than a mile from the centre of the City of Nottingham, proving that you do not have to go far to find wildlife in an Urban environment. Nature can be very adaptable learning how to make the best of the re contact with humans. And as you can see I found a spot of sun between the rain storms that seem to be plaguing this year, making summer 2007 one of the wettest ever recorded, Global warming or natural variation in climate????? we shall see.
The Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)is one of those who can make a go of any situation with a wide diet from picking grubs out of fields and lawns taking food from the bird tables people provide in there gardens, this one was taking bread being thrown to feed the ducks and Canada geese on the edge of lake in the park. They are also not adverse to eating any dead animals they find, so they can usually be seen on the edge of all our roads picking over the casualties of encounters with the motor car so cleaning up the enviroment. The dark side of these birds diet is that they love eggs and baby birds which they raid from nests which they find by watching other birds comings and goings as they build nests and feed chicks. I have seen them take a fledging swallow just as it left the nest for the 1st time it landed out in the yard and was snatched up by one of our resident crows and that was the end of it.
As you can see from the picture the crow is a large all black bird with a solid dark beak the only 2 other similar birds are the Raven a much large bird and also it seems to prefer mountain and cliff areas. The other is the Rook (Corvus frugilegus)click here to view one posted to TN by Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite). the rook is a lighter built bird with a much thinner beak and the base of the beak is white/light grey in colour. Another major difference is in their breeding habits the Rook is a group breeder building large numbers of nests in the tops of trees, while crows nest always singly usually down in the forks of trees.
I am really pleased with the result of this image with the details in the feathers showing , hope you like it as much, thank you for looking.

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To Fisher: How do I like the lens?Robbrown 3 07-05 14:21
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Hi Rob,

Nicely captured and well composed.
How do you like the lens?

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-04 11:53]

Hello Rob,
Beautiful sharp photo. Great details. Good POV, DOF and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-04 13:02]

Hello Robert,
Nice shot of an Urban Carion Crow: nice and sharp, ith good lighting and set in a pleasing composition. Fine sheen on the feathers even though his beak is soily.
We only have Hooded Crows in Sweden, Carion Crows being rare visitors.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-07-04 23:42]


An excellent portrait,the picture is well exposed and the dtails in the black are remarkable,well done and tfs,and yeah you are right mostly you dont have to go far from home todo some nature photography,especially when you like macrowork,tfs


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-11 2:47]

HI Rob, I really like this shot of the Crow. I am forever taking shots of them as they facinate me with their antics. This one is very handsome and you have a great exposure on those black feathers, perfect lighting at the right moment. Nice pose showing the beak and eye clear, crisp and sharp. Nicely composed. What are we to do with all this rain? Good for the wildlife and flora and fauna i suppose.

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